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Southern DHB Older Persons Mental Health Services

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Gibson Day Unit (GDU)

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health


Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Waitaki

Age Groups

Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals can be received from your GP and other health professionals. To aide in treatment we require a recent comprehensive physical examination, including all recent laboratory results from your General Practitioner.

Referrals are via the MHSOP team based at Ward 6C, Dunedin Hospital. Once a referral is recieved, it will be sent on to the Gibson Day Unit when appropriate. Some referrals are made directly with Gibson Day Unit and staff will deal with these accordingly.


The Gibson Day Unit offers a Monday to Friday, day-based service providing comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services to clients over 65 years old with Mental Health needs. We aim to assist individuals in meeting their immediate physical and emotional needs and help them to achieve or maintain their highest possible level of health within the community.

The Gibson Day Unit runs groups Monday through Friday. Each day caters for patients with different needs.


Ground Floor, Main Hospital Block, Dunedin Hospital, 201 Great King Street

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