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Call for interest: WellSouth Board Trustees – General Medical Practitioner Representative and Community Representative

Sunday 12 September 2021

Have a passion for health system improvement? Want to play a part in supporting WellSouth and our general practice network to improve primary care services in Otago and Southland?WellSouth is seeking interest from a community representative and a general medical practitioner representative to serve as trustees in our board.The...

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Covid-19 testing on University of Otago campus  

Friday 20 August 2021

WellSouth Covid-19 Testing Centre St David Lecture Theatres St David and Cumberland Streets
Appointments required. This is not a walk-in clinic.
Call 0800 VIRUS-19 (0800 847 87 19) to book a Covid-19 test
Students are the initial priority.
Hours of operation:

Saturday 11am to 4.30pm
Sunday 11am to 4.30pm
Monday 11am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 11am to...

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General practices in Dunedin and Invercargill prepare to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine

Thursday 29 July 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine roll out ramps up across the country – the Ministry of Health today inviting those 60+ in Group 4 to begin booking in for their two vaccines –- many practices in Dunedin and Invercargill are at the ready to help deliver the vaccine.Though general practices in...

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Service manager to join new Invercargill primary care service, further rūnaka support added

Tuesday 20 July 2021

WellSouth’s plans for a primary care service in Invercargill has taken another step forward with the appointment of a service manager and a new rūnaka partner joining the initiative.Anna Gaitt will join WellSouth and lead the development of the new primary care service.[image src="/assets/Uploads/Anna-Gaitt-Portrait2.jpg" id="1359" width="263" height="395" class="leftAlone ss-htmleditorfield-file image"]...

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Wellbeing team make big impact for Wanaka-area patients

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Wellbeing team make big impact for Wanaka-area patientsSmall steps towards big change is how Friederike Andree and Carmen McCall sum up the support they provide to patients and whānau at Wānaka and Aspiring medical centres.Working at both the co-located practices, Friederike – a Health Improvement Practitioner, and Carmen, a Health...

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Promoting ‘help-thinking behaviour’ in Wanaka - localizing a national campaign

Thursday 10 June 2021

A Wanaka-based mental health and well-being advocate is localising a well-known national mental health campaign with the aim of encouraging people in the Wanaka-Central Lakes area to help normalise reaching out for help. Karyn Munro, WellSouth Primary Health Network, says the project she’s coordinating adds images of local residents to...

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New Chief Digital Officer joins WellSouth

Tuesday 08 June 2021

There are big changes on the way in healthcare, and for Damon Campbell that means it is a more interesting and exciting time to make his move to the sector.WellSouth’s new Chief Digital Officer takes up his role starting 8th June, joining the Primary Health Network for Otago and...

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WellSouth partner with Southern Rūnaka for Invercargill primary care service

Tuesday 01 June 2021

Further strengthening the focus on equity in primary health care, WellSouth is partnering with Southern Rūnaka in the creation of a primary care service in Invercargill.Hokonui Rūnanga, Waihōpai Rūnaka and Awarua Rūnaka and WellSouth Primary Health Network will work together to create a primary health service targeting unenrolled patients in...

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Dr Carol Atmore appointed WellSouth medical director

Tuesday 18 May 2021

A leader in primary and community health services and academic general practice has been appointed as the new medical director for WellSouth primary health network.[image src="/assets/Dr-Carol-Atmore.jpg" id="1301" width="186" height="248" class="leftAlone ss-htmleditorfield-file image"]Dr Carol Atmore is taking on the clinical leadership role at a point of significant change in the...

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General practices central to Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Southern

Friday 30 April 2021

General practices in Southern are playing an important role in the COVID-19 vaccine programme in the region, helping to make Covid-19 vaccinations more accessible across the district.More than one quarter of all vaccines in the Southern region have been delivered by general practices since the vaccine roll out began in...

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