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Health Promotion

The Health Promotion team aims enable people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviours towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.  We focus on environments where we live, learn, work and play and work with whānau, hapū, iwi, consumers, and other groups within its community, relevant public health service providers and regional public health units to plan and deliver health promotion programmes. Programmes are consistent with population health objectives and public health programmes at national, regional and local levels.

Our Key focuses areas include:

  • Mental Health

  • Equity

  • Breastfeeding/First 1000 days

  • Recovery and Health in all Policies


Mental Health

Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription is a collection of high quality, professionally reviewed books, apps, videos and podcasts to help patients and whanau manage and improve their health.

Topics include stress, anxiety, depression, diabetes, food choices and more. Visit the website to see the range of resources available The books are available in libraries across the region.

If you use MedTech as your General Practice Patient Management System there is a Books on Prescription icon with a direct link to the website.


He pai ki te kōrero/Tautoko mō ngā matua cards

These WellSouth-developed cards are suicide prevention focused resources aimed respectively at young people and adults living in our communities. These pocket-sized cards have helpline numbers of relevant service providers.
The scannable QR code takes the user to the service provider’s website where further information can be accessed.
Please contact for these resources.


He pai ki te kōrero - It's good to talk

Tautoko mō ngā matua - Supporting Adults



Kia Ora Factsheets

Kia Ora Factsheets are a one page downloadable factsheets to use as conversation starters with clients and patients. They aim to improve mental health literacy by normalising conversations around mental health and making treatment options clear. A variety of topics are covered from stress, nutrition, sleep and anxiety. Kia Ora Factsheets are available for download from the Books on Prescription website under professional resources.




Breastfeeding Support Otago and Southland

Breastfeeding Peer Support is a free service, available at any time – during pregnancy, after birth, when returning to work, or during the weaning stages.  They complete an internationally recognised La Leche League training on the normal course of breastfeeding and communication skills. They provide non-judgemental breastfeeding support, help mothers and whānau overcome common barriers and challenges.  Support can include: one-to-one, phone, text, email, informal group drop-in sessions (see below), or home visits.

To find a Peer Supporter visit

Click here to find out about some common breastfeeding concerns 


Breastfeeding Peer Support Drop-in Sessions

The Milk Room, Plunket, 132 Kelvin Street


Wednesday 10:00am -11:00am 
Te Anau


Te Anau Plunket Rooms, Luxmore Drive (far end of the Event Centre car park)
9:30am - 11am. 
Contact 021 055 3535 for further information.
Balclutha Pool,  34 Centennial Ave, Balclutha 
1st and 3rd Wednesday
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Contact: 021 309 5847 for further information
The Breast Room, 1st Floor, South City Mall, South Dunedin
Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm
027 891 1270 
The Milk Room, Plunket, Severn Street
Tuesday 9:30am - 11:30am 
Mums 4 Mums, Alex Baptist Church, 6 Gregg Street, Alexandra 
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
10:30am - 12:00pm 
Find us on facebook
Private Message for Support 
Wanaka Well, Plunket, 51 Admore Street, Wanaka
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 
10:00am - 12:00pm 
Mums 4 Mums, Plunket, 8 Henry Street, Queenstown 
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
11:00am - 1:00pm 
Central Otago
Phone, Text, Email support and/or home visits: 
Lactation Consultant 
Phone: 027 349 5473 


Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 

Free one-off antenatal breastfeeding group classes, provided in-person (Dunedin only) or online, for expectant mums and their partners, whānau and support people, to gain confidence, share knowledge and find out where to get support before and after birth. 

Morning tea and helpful resources are provided free. 

Dunedin - in person

When: 9am - 12.30pm, last Saturday of the month

Where: The Valley Project Hub (Fred Hollows Meeting Room), 262 North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin.

To book or for more information 

Email: or

Click the BOOK NOW button on their Facebook page @breastfeedingclassesdunedin

Find more breastfeeding support information here

2022 Dates: 

30 April 30 July 29 October
28 May 27 August 26 November
18 June 24 September 10 December

Otago, Central Lakes and Southland - Online

For upcoming session dates and more information

Go to:




BURP is a smartphone app/website that promote breastfeeding and family friendly facilities across Southern region. Users are alerted to the nearest friendly facility through a map and images.  It is free to download for IOS & Android from the App store of google play.



Feedsafe is a free app which provides information on alcohol and breastfeeding to help make informed choices. This app is based on Ministry of Health guidelines and can help mothers who choose to drink to while breastfeeding to do so safely. Free download

 For more information on Health Promotion contact the Health Promotion team 


 WellSouth’s Low-Cost Food & Transport Maps are online resources showing basic information of services and groups offering affordable food and transport options in our local communities. Each map features a range of categories such as Community Foodbanks, Produce Boxes & Bags, Free Water Refills, Community Gardens & Orchards, Transportation Services and Community Food & Meal Services.
New and updated maps for Wider Dunedin, Invercargill City, and Queenstown Lakes-Central Otago areas are now live for your use, with our intention to create additional maps for other Southern locations. Click HERE for more information and to view maps.

Contact us:


Phone: 03 477 1163.