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Southern DHB Forensic Services

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type



Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services, Corrections


Ward 9A is a 13-bed medium secure unit for Otago and Southland consumers who are involved with the justice system and require assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. Clients have either been charged with a criminal offence or alleged to have offended and are known or suspected to have a mental illness, or require assessment and treatment whilst serving a Prison Sentence, or are unable to be managed safely in general mental health services. A full complement of a multidisciplinary team delivers a range of therapeutic services and programmes in this setting. Ward 9A has a strong emphasis on linking consumers with families (whānau) and support persons and reintegration into the wider community.


Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

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This page was last updated at 11:06AM on April 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Forensic Services.