Southern District Health Board

A new hospital for Queenstown is a step closer after a private health company and a charitable trust formed a company to make progress on realising it. It is understood the Southern District Health Board has also agreed to fund...
They're often the first people you see when you're crook or hurt, and now Queenstown nurses have been recognised for their hard work. The nursing team at Lakes District Hospital's been named Team of the Year in the Southern DHB's...

Mental health views sought

Queenstowners are being urged to give their health board a piece of their mind, as New Zealand marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Southern DHB's Mental Health, Addictions and In-tellectual Disabilities (MHAID) team wants to improve services across the district, including...
A shockingly low level of support has been shown for Queenstown Airport's proposals to extend its aircraft noise boundaries to include an additional 3000 homes. Figures released by the airport yesterday showed about 4% of almost 1500 people who responded...

Hospital pass

A top doctor's broken ranks to criticise the district health board for exaggerating Queenstown's drinking problem. Lakes District Hospital clinical director Dr Jennifer Keys says while booze is an issue, Southern DHB's comments on a proposed public booze ban don't...

Cops call for public booze ban

Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness. In one photo, a man is passed out in a doorway and appears to have defecated on his...

Psychiatrist’s new role

A former Queenstowner has returned to her roots to boost mental health services in the Wakatipu. Jo Thornton's about six weeks into her role as a psychiatrist working for the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) in Frankton. Hers is a new...
I've found myself googling 'sexually transmitted infections' a fair bit recently, but, I'd like to quickly point out, not for the reasons one might think. My web habits – which may be causing a few raised eyebrows over at IT...

Comms costs increase

Queenstown's publicly-funded organisations spent more than $1.2 million on communications and public relations in the 2016/17 year. The district council spent $444,328, Southern District Health Board (SDHB) $462,406, and Otago Regional Council (ORC) $330,000. And two of those organisations, Queenstown's council...

Resort’s STI shambles

A Southern District Health Board manager has questioned her own organisation's lack of information about sexually transmitted infections. Documents obtained by Mountain Scene show an email chain between DHB staffers regarding an Official Information Act request filed by Scene about...
Queenstown urgently needs a better formula for funding healthcare due to its "rapidly changing population". That's the view of district councillor and health advocate John MacDonald. Health Minister David Clark said he intends for a review of the population-based formula used...
The number of people seeking help for addictions in Queenstown has doubled in two years. And health bosses admit resources in the resort aren't good enough. Southern District Health Board figures show 136 people accessed its addiction assessment and treatment service...
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