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About Us

Books on Prescription is a programme run by WellSouth Primary Health Network and the libraries of Otago and Southland (Public Libraries, University libraries and prison libraries) to increase access to high quality health information. The programme is also supported by Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and Radio Southland 96.4FM. The resources in the collection have been recommended and reviewed by health professionals. Books are available at your local library and videos and smartphone applications can be accessed via this website. You can also read book reviews by both health professionals and consumers on this website.

There are 3 strands of the programme:

Read Yourself Well: Self-help reading has been shown to help manage a wide range of health problems. Free books are available from your local library that you may find useful on their own, or in conjunction with other options such as talking therapies and/or medication if appropriate.

Listen Yourself Well: If you prefer to listen we have podcasts and videos on this website, and some audio-books available to borrow in the libraries. Listen Yourself Well is supported by Otago Access Radio 105.4FM ( and Radio Southland 96.4FM (

T’App Yourself Well: These are smartphone apps which may be a useful tool to help understand and manage a health problem. The apps are reviewed in partnership with Health Navigator (

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