To access COVID-19 testing, call 0800 VIRUS 19. For up-to-date information on COVID-19: Click Here

Health Promotion

The Health Promotion team aims to 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 our community.  We work with primary care relevant public health service providers and regional public health units to plan and deliver health promotion programmes. Programmes are consistent with population health objectives at national, regional and local levels.

Our key focuses areas include:

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Equity
  • Breastfeeding/First 1000 days
  • Recovery and Health in all Policies


Mental Health 

Books on Prescription is a collection of high quality and professionally reviewed books, apps, videos, and podcasts, to help you and your whānau understand, manage, and improve your mental wellbeing.

Topics include depression, stress, anxiety, wellness, diabetes and more.

Books on Prescription is available at your local library or if reading is not for you, visit the website  for recommended apps, videos, and podcasts.


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




Breastfeeding Support Otago & Southland


Click here to find out about some common breastfeeding concerns.

Are you pregnant? Already breastfeeding a child of any age? Peer Supporters with a special interest in breastfeeding are available to support you with your parenting journey.

Peer Supporters:

  • A free service, available at any time – during pregnancy, after birth, when returning to work, or during the weaning stages

  • Complete training on the normal course of breastfeeding and communication skills

  • 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, or home visits.

To find a Peer Supporter near you visit our website

Breastfeeding Peer Support Drop-in Sessions
The Milk Room, Plunket, 132 Kelvin Street
Wednesday 10:00am -11:00am 
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, Cromwell 
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
Wanaka Well, Plunket, 51 Admore Street, Wanaka
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

Pregnant? Come to our FREE antenatal class to learn about Breastfeeding 

Gain confidence with breastfeeding through a one-off group session, share knowledge with your whanau and find out where to get more support before and after birth. Expectant mums and partners, support people and whanau are all encouraged to attend. Morning teas 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:



Find breastfeeding friendly public places in Otago & Southland 

BURP is a free to download app that directs you to breastfeeding friendly public places (restaurants, cafes, museums, pools etc.) in Otago and Southland. It also lets you know if they have other child-friendly facilities available, such as play areas or high chairs – so it is useful for the whole whānau!

Visit: or download for free on GooglePlay and the App Store.


Feed Safe: Handy information on breastfeeding and alcohol, right in your pocket 

Can I have a drink while I'm breastfeeding? Should I "pump and dump"? How does alcohol affect breastmilk? How long should I wait after having a drink, before breastfeeding?

The FREE Feed Safe smart phone App answers these and many more questions relating to breastfeeding and alcohol. Learn more download for free on GooglePlay and the App Store.




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 the intention of creating additional maps for other Southern locations. Click HERE for more information and to view maps.

Contact us:


Phone: 03 477 1163.