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Southern DHB Mental Health Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Southland Hospital, Invercargill


Southern DHB Mental Health and Addictions Needs Assessment and Service Co-Ordination Team work closely alongside Southern DHB - Māori Mental Health & Addiction ServicesKakakura Health Services and Synergy Wellness.


Needs Assessment and Service Coordination

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Non-acute specialist mental health community services


Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Child / tamariki, Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types

GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals are received from Southern DHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services, GPs, other mental health and addiction providers and NGOs.

Any of the teams are willing to informally discuss referral at any time prior to a formal referral.

Eligibility criteria:

  • If you have a mental health diagnosis and/or alcohol and drug-related disability.
  • You are in a situation that requires a support service and is serious enough to warrant additional services.
  • You live in the catchment area of the Southern DHB MHAID Service, which includes Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, Wanaka, Alexandra, Te Anau, Gore, Waitaki and Clutha.
  • You may require ongoing support for a period of six months or more.

Needs assessment is a process of identifying what supports you require to live a fulfilling life in the community. Assessments are completed in partnership with your Southern DHB MHAID Service key worker/case manager and the support people of your choice. Needs assessment aims to identify your areas of need and provide a coordinated approach to accessing the necessary support services

Service coordination is the process of agreeing on the best mix of services to support you in your current situation.


There are no fees for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the eligibility criteria set by the Ministry of Health. If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full cost of any medical treatment you recieve during your stay.

To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility


Southland Hospital, Invercargill

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

For out of hours crisis response, please call 0800 46 78 46.

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Contact Details

Freephone: 0800 443 366

Kew Road
Southland 9812

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Street Address

Kew Road
Southland 9812

Postal Address

Southland Hospital
PO Box 828
Invercargill 9840

This page was last updated at 11:54AM on April 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Mental Health Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination.