Media Information

Media Information

All media queries relating to Southern DHB (inclusive of Dunedin, Southland, Wakari and Lakes District Hospitals) should be directed to:


Nicola Mutch
Executive Director Communications
Telephone (direct dial):  03 476 9473
Mobile: 021 032 8149



Melissa Garry
Senior Communications Advisor
Telephone (direct dial):  03 476 9452
Mobile: 027 226 0633

Moira Finn
Senior Communications Advisor
Telephone (direct dial):  03 476 9830
Mobile: 027 836 4718




Condition updates


During working hours, condition updates can be obtained via the communications team.


Out of hours, condition updates can be obtained from the Duty Managers at Dunedin Hospital (03 474 0999), Southland Hospital (03 218 1949) and Lakes Hospital (03 441 0015).

Please note we can only provide condition updates where we have the name of the patient, and if they or their parent or guardian consents to this.

Note that patients have the right to privacy and if they request that no information be released, we shall respect that request. In the event of a mass casualty or high profile patient, Southern DHB issues media statements to facilitate information flow. These are posted on this website and issued via email to our media distribution list.

Official Information Requests


Official Information Act requests should be directed to:

Chief Executive Officer c/- OIA Coordinator
Post:  Chief Executive Officer, c/- Southern District Health Board, Private Bag 1921, Dunedin.
Telephone: +64 3 470 9154