Southern District Health Board

‘Bespoke’ base

By MATTHEW MCKEW West Indies cricketing legend Chris Gayle could be among international sporting superstars based in Queenstown if there’s progress on talks to make the resort a ‘‘bespoke’’ isolation base. City Hall, the government, Southern District Health Board, NZ Cricket...

Battler joins the fray

By PHILIP CHANDLER A battle-hardened resort father of three preschoolers, living in a state house and surviving on ACC, wants your vote. Joel Rowlands, 35, is standing for The Opportunities Party (TOP) this election in the local Southland electorate as an advocate for...

Abuse concerns

By MATTHEW MCKEW There are fears Covid-19 is providing the perfect excuse for abusers to isolate their victims, Age Concern’s warning. It comes at the same time as a City Hall report says Queenstown’s ‘‘young people’’ are facing ‘‘alcohol, drug and eating...

Under pressure

By HUGH COLLINS, TRACEY ROXBURGH & GUY WILLIAMS AS the fallout from Covid-19 continues, Queenstown mayor Jim Boult’s worried the resort’s mental health services are struggling to cope with demand. He tells Mountain Scene he’s hearing reports of people waiting weeks...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's delivered another warning about mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking at a function last Friday, marking the start of construction of Queenstown's first surgical hospital, he specifically addressed his remarks to Southern...

‘We will beat this’

We live in a truly amazing community. Covid-19 has brought with it a lockdown of our community and our country, but we will fight to get through this together. Like you, I am in lockdown at my house in Queenstown. Many of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's going to "bust my backside" to help lead the resort, and the district, out of the coronavirus crisis. But, he warns, it will have an impact far bigger than anything most of us will...
By MATTHEW MCKEW MIDWIVES in the Queenstown-Lakes region are carrying out home visits to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection. An alternative location’s also being prepared away from Lakes District Hospital for when home visits aren’t possible. Southern District Health Board’s head...
The mother of a long-term patient at Queenstown's mental health service says a slew of staff resignations in recent months could lead to another hospitalisation for her child. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the lack of psychologists in...
It's deeply ironic Queenstown's "chronically" under-resourced mental health team is getting so little support from its employer, a top union official says. Public Service Association organiser Julie Morton says she strongly supports comments by senior clinical psychologist Dr Gen Numaguchi...

Shrinks shrunk

Queenstown's publicly-funded mental health team's in a state of breakdown following five staff resignations in recent months. Senior clinical psychologist Dr Gen Numaguchi says he and two other psychologists and two social workers had quit, "which is basically half the team". He...

We’re still waiting

Four hundred and forty-two. That's how many days it's been since the Southern District Health Board announced it was boosting Queenstown's mental health provision with an after-hours service. Yet that service is yet to get off the ground. The delay has sparked...
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