Well known for its beautiful natural scenery, which includes towering mountains, stunning fjords, majestic glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes. The region is also famous for its friendly communities, charming towns, and vibrant cities such as Dunedin and Invercargill. 

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Te Whatu Ora | Southern

Te Whatu Ora Southern is a significant and varied employer in the Southern region of Aotearoa, New Zealand and collaborates closely with WellSouth Primary Health Network and all of our primary care partners. Our coverage extends to communities comprised of 350,000 individuals across an area twice the size of Belgium, and we serve a wide range of communities similar to the diversity of our workforce and job opportunities.

The Southern Region

We’re not the only ones who think that the Southern Region of Aotearoa is the most beautiful, we’re world famous for our mountains, fjords, glaciers, coastlines and lakes that are often depicted on postcards and in films. But that’s not all - it's also adventure-central, with many activities on offer including skiing, water sports, hiking and mountain biking. We’ve got a great cultural and foodie scene too, and safe, friendly communities with affordable housing. You just won’t get this combination of factors in a bigger city. So come and fall in love with the unbeatable Southern lifestyle. 

The Southern District is located on the southernmost part of Aotearoa, New Zealand's South Island. The main cities in the Southern District include Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, and Wanaka.

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Southern Health

Southern is unique in the sense that you’ll have the opportunity to work at our brand new tertiary hospital in Dunedin, in a modern secondary hospital in laidback Invercargill, or in one of our smaller rural hospitals where you could base yourself out of Queenstown (or anywhere else nearby). No matter where you choose, you’ll feel welcome in our friendly and supportive teams - our “Southern smile” is famous for a reason! Our hospitals are big enough to offer you plenty of room for career growth and development, yet small enough to have a tight-knit team to lean on for support. 

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Hospital Services

Here's a list of medical services and specialties offered in the Southern District

Services A to M

Adult Community Mental Health Services
Adult Inpatient Mental Health Services
Alcohol and Drug Services
Anaesthesia - Otago
Breast Care - Otago
Breast Screening Programme
Cardiothoracic Surgery Service
Cervical Screening Programme
Child and Youth Mental Health Services
Children's Health Outpatients - Otago
Community Rehab Services - Otago
Day Surgery Unit - Otago
Dermatology Services
District Nursing
Dunedin Hospital
Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) - Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Services
Emergency Department - Dunedin Hospital
Endocrinology - Otago
Endocrinology - Southland
Forensic Services
Gastroenterology Services
General Medicine - Otago
General Surgery - Otago
Infectious Diseases
Māori Mental Health
Maternity Services
Mental Health Advisory Team
Mental Health Emergency Services
Mental Health Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination

Services N to Z

National Bowel Screening Programme
National Intestinal Failure & Rehabilitation Service (NIFRS)
National Perinatal Pathology Service
Needs Assessment & Service Coordination - Dunedin
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Otago
Nephrology (Renal) Services
Neurosurgery Service
Newborn Hearing Screening
NZ Familial Gastrointestinal Cancer Service (NZFGCS)
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Services - Otago
Older Persons Mental Health Services
Oncology and Haematology - Otago
Ophthalmology - Otago
Orthopaedics - Otago
Persistent Pain Service
Plastic Surgery
Puāwai Rehabilitation Unit
Public Health Nursing - Te Punaka Oraka (Well Child Service)
Public Health South
Radiology - Otago
Respiratory Services
Rheumatology Services
Sexual Health Clinic
Smokefree South
Te Puna Wai Ora, Critical Care - Dunedin Hospital
Urology - Otago
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Vascular Surgery
Wakari Hospital, Dunedin
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Getting around 

  • Public transport in Otago and Southland is primarily provided by buses. Information can be found on local council websites: Otago and Invercargill. The Otago Regional Council runs bus routes and ferries in Queenstown
  • Taxis and rideshare services such as Ola and Uber are available in the main centres. There are also various rental vehicle companies in the District.

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Relocating to the Southern District

Need some help with settling in? Use our settlement booklet as a handy guide to refer back to any time so you can feel right at home in Aotearoa in no time. 

Take the next step

Made the decision to move to Aotearoa, New Zealand? Fill out our five-minute form with your details, and we'll match you to your preferred location based on your experience and preferences.

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