About Us

We are the local primary health organisation for Otago and Southland, funded to deliver and support a wide range of programmes in primary care. Our main aim is to enable the people of Otago-Southland to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing. We do this by supporting patients to enrol with general practices or community providers, and offering our own clinical services to help GPs provide better care for you. These services include clinical pharmacists, counselling, dietitians, falls prevention, and long-term conditions nursing.


Our Vision - Tō Mātou Matawhānui

Better health and wellbeing for the Southern community.

Our Values - Tō Mātou Uara

He mana tō te whānau - Whānau-centred

Tōkeke - Equitable 

Manawa whakaute - Respectful 

Pono - Transparent


The WellSouth strategy can be viewed here

Examples of what we do

  • Organise primary health care services in Otago and Southland.

  • Support primary health care providers in the south.

  • Reduce health disparity, promote equity and improve access to health care.

  • Ensure quick and easy access to primary health care, when you need it.

  • Maintain and improve the wellness of all people in Otago and Southland.

  • Promote healthy lifestyles.

  • Support access to screening and prevention services.

  • Work with other health providers to improve integrated care.

  • Measure and understand health data, so we can make better funding decisions.

Click here for a full list of WellSouth funded programmes.


Annual Reports

WellSouth is a not-for-profit organisation. We hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November of each year, which the public can attend. Our Annual Reports and are available for all members of the public.

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2023

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2022

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2021

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2020

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2019

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2018

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2017

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2016

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2015

Southern PHO Annual Report 2014


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