Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across its district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to its diverse communities.
It is responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River.
Its catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown – Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.
To achieve this it works in partnership with Iwi, primary care and community providers, rural trust hospitals and education and research partners across the district.
Altogether, Southern DHB receives government funding of over $900 million per annum, of which approximately half is applied to traditional hospital and mental health services delivered from Southland Hospital (Invercargill), Lakes District Hospital (Queenstown), Dunedin Hospital (Dunedin) and Wakari Hospital (Dunedin).
The other half of its funding is applied through contracts with a range of primary and community health providers. This funding is distributed to providers such as primary health organisations (general practices), pharmacies, laboratories, aged residential care facilities, Pacific Islands and Māori health providers, non-governmental mental health services, rural hospitals and primary maternity facilities.
Southern DHB's statutory purpose is to:
Southern DHB has a staff of approximately 4,500 and is currently governed by a Commissioner and two deputy Commissioners appointed by her.
The Commissioner is accountable to the Minister of Health and holds office until the persons elected at the next election of members of Boards, scheduled for 2019, take office as Board members.