Southern District Health Board


The Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) is a district health board with the focus on providing healthcare to an area covering the southern half of the South Island of New Zealand.

Southern District Health Board
Location of the Southern DHB (green) in New Zealand
Formation1 May 2010; 11 years ago (2010-05-01)
FounderNew Zealand Government
Legal statusActive
PurposeDHB
ServicesHealth and disability services
Parent organization
Ministry of Health
Websitewww.southernhealth.nz

History


On 1 May 2010, the Otago and Southland DHBs were merged to form a new Southern DHB, with elected members coming from two constituencies – Otago and Southland – and the remainder appointed by the Ministry of Health, with the change taking effect from the 2010 local body elections.[1][2]

From 1 July 2010, a unified primary health organisation has covered the entire new Southern DHB region with primary health organisation (PHO) centres in Alexandra, Dunedin, and Invercargill with the mandate of providing PHO resources and services, replacing the previous nine PHOs.[citation needed]

Geographic area


The area covered by the Southern District Health Board is defined in Schedule 1 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and based on territorial authority and ward boundaries as constituted as at 1 January 2001.[3] The area can be adjusted through an Order in Council.[4]

Governance


The initial board was fully appointed. Since the 2001 local elections, the board has been partially elected (seven members) and in addition, up to four members get appointed by the Minister of Health. The minister also appoints the chairperson and deputy-chair from the pool of eleven board members.[5] From 2015 to 2019 the elected board was replaced by a Commissioner appointed by the Minister.[6]

Demographics


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
2006286,224    
2013297,420+0.55%
2018324,405+1.75%
Source: [7]

Southern DHB served a population of 324,405 at the time of the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 26,985 people (9.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 38,181 people (13.3%) since the 2006 census. There were 125,028 households. There were 160,581 males and 163,821 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.98 males per female. Of the total population, 57,030 people (17.6%) were aged up to 15 years, 69,372 (21.4%) were 15 to 29, 144,042 (44.4%) were 30 to 64, and 53,958 (16.6%) were 65 or older. Figures may not add up to the total due to rounding.[citation needed]

Ethnicities were 86.8% European/Pākehā, 10.5% Māori, 2.7% Pacific peoples, 6.6% Asian, and 2.8% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.[citation needed]

The percentage of people born overseas was 18.8, compared with 27.1% nationally.[citation needed]

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 54.2% had no religion, 34.9% were Christian, and 4.2% had other religions.[citation needed]

Of those at least 15 years old, 54,003 (20.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 51,210 (19.2%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $30,600. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 134,193 (50.2%) people were employed full-time, 42,774 (16.0%) were part-time, and 8,490 (3.2%) were unemployed.[7]

Hospitals


Public hospitals

The following public hospitals are run by Southern District Health Board:

Gore had a public hospital, Seddon Memorial Hospital, which operated between 1908 and 1999. It had 130 beds and included medical, maternity and aged care services.[12]

Private hospitals

The following private hospitals are located in the Southern District Health Board area:

Notes


  1. "New Southern DHB roles announced". Beehive.govt.nz. New Zealand Government. 31 March 2010. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  2. McKinnon, Malcolm (20 June 2012). "The first meeting of the Southern District Health Board, May 2010". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. New Zealand Government. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  3. Public Health and Disability Act 2000, Schedule 1.
  4. Public Health and Disability Act 2000, Section 19.
  5. "District health boards". Ministry of Health. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  6. "Grant hopes new structure will 'future-proof' SDHB". Stuff. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  7. "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Southern DHB (22).
  8. "Dunedin Hospital – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  9. "Lakes District Hospital – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  10. "Southland Hospital – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  11. "Wakari Hospital – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  12. "Gore Health History". gorehealth.co.nz. Gore Health.
  13. "Ashburn Clinic – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  14. "– Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  15. "Clutha Health First – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  16. "Dunstan Hospital – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  17. "Gore Health – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  18. "Hospice Southland – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  19. "Mercy Hospital – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  20. "Oamaru Hospital – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  21. "Otago Community Hospice – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  22. "Southern Cross Hospital Invercargill – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  23. "Winton Maternity Centre – Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.

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