Local Health Issues + Plans

Local Health Issues + Plans

The following health strategies, plans, reviews and networks relate to local health issues for the Otago-Southland District.


Health of Older People Southern DHB as with NZ in general faces the challenge of an aging population. This will increase demand on health services. The DHB also desires to support older people to live safely in their own homes as long as possible. With these issues in mind, the DHB commissioned Auckland UniServices to assist in a plan for services to address the projected health needs of its older population. Service Development is now occurring in line with the concepts and direction set out in the report from this review. Click here to view this report.
Health of Young People in the Southern District

Epidemiology Service Reports

The Southern DHB contract the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service to prepare annual reports for the district to assist with Child and Youth Health Planning.

The reporting cycle is as follows:

  • Year 1 (2011) Health Outcomes
  • Year 2 (2012) Health Determinants
  • Year 3 (2013) Disability and Chronic Conditions

Health Status of Children and Young People in Otago and Southland

The NZCYESreport on The Health Status of Children and Young People in Otago and Southland (November 2011) is available here 


This report is the first of three reports, in the third series on the health of children and young people in Otago and Southland, as described above.


The aim of this report is

  • To provide an overview of the health status of children and young people in Otago and Southland,
  • To assist those working with children and young people to improve child and youth health across the district
  • To utilise all available evidence when developing programmes and interventions to address child and youth health need.

The report highlights the critical role that primary care plays in preventing a range of avoidable hospital admissions and mortality.  This volume explores the topic in great detail, focusing on the role of primary care in achieving health gains for children and young people, specifically in relation to models of primary health care.


Determinants of Health for Children and Young People in the Southern DHB

The NZCYES report on The Determinants of Health For Children and Young People in the Southern DHB (2012), is now available here

This report is the second of three reports, in the third series on the health of children and young people in the Southern District.   The report focuses on the underlying determinants of health for children and young people in the Southern DHB, including

  • The Wider Macroeconomic and Policy Context
  • Socioeconomic and Cultural Determinants
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Health Outcomes as Determinants


In depth topics include:

  • Services and Interventions for Women Experiencing Multiple Adversities in Pregnancy
  • Mental Health Issues in Children


The 2012 report on The Determinants of Health for Child and Young People in the South Island is available on the South Island Alliance Website http://www.sialliance.health.nz/


2013 Health of Children and Young People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities

The 2013 Health of Children and Young People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities Report reviews a range of hospital admission and mortality data, with a view to identifying the number of children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities accessing health services in each DHB. Issues reviewed include autism, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, and babies with congenital anomalies evident at birth (including cardiovascular anomalies, Down Syndrome and neural tube defects). National survey data on overweight and obesity, and nutrition and physical activity in children is also reviewed. In addition, two topics were selected by DHBs for more in-depth review during 2013 and these were developed into the following chapters:

  • The Determinants and Consequences of Overweight and Obesity

  • The Treatment of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

  • Children of Parents with Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Addictions (COPMIA)

To access the report please click here

Local Cancer Plan The Southernd DHB is required to develop a comprehensive cancer plan that identifies priority actions to reduce the impact of cancer for the Southern DHB population.  Development of the Otago/Southland Local Cancer Plan has involved ongoing engagement with key stakeholders in the Otago/Southland Local Cancer Network, and has been informed by a review of key national, regional and local planning documents relevant to cancer control. The Local Cancer Plan incorporates planning and funding activity in both the government and non government sector. Click here to view this plan
Māori Health Plan The National Māori Health Strategy - He Korowai Oranga 2001 states that Māori have the poorest health of any ethnic group in the country.  The Southern DHB Māori Health Plan 2013/14 shapes the journey of Māori Health over the next 12 months by identifying those local issues affecting Māori Health.


It is envisaged that the plan will link and align with other plans including the DHB Annual Plan and the Southern PHO Māori Health Plan.


Mental Health & Addictions RAISE HOPE: Hapaia te Tumanako - the Southern DHB Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Plan 2012-2015 is our strategic direction for the next three years. We suggest that this strategic direction will result in better health outcomes for our population - by preventing mental illness/addiction in the first instance, by intervening early when it occurs, and by working together to provide targeted, effective interventions for people who need them, delivered within their communities where possible. Click here to view this plan.
Southern Cancer Network The Southern Cancer Network was established in August 2007 and is one of four regional cancer networks that have been set up in New Zealand to work with cancer continuum of care stakeholders to facilitate a number of initiatives in the Cancer Control Strategy and Action Plan 2005-2010.  The Southern Cancer Network encompasses the five South Island District Health Boards - including Southern DHB -  and has a mandate to strongly influence the direction of cancer service provision in the South Island region, consistent with the Cancer Control Strategy Action plan. For more information visit Southern Cancer Network website