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Puāwai Rehabilitation Unit | Southern | Te Whatu Ora

Public Service, Neurology, Dietitian, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Medicine, Social, Speech Language Therapy


Formerly Southern DHB Puāwai Rehabilitation Unit

Puāwai – means to flower, blossom, bloom 

The Puāwai Rehabilitation Unit is an inpatient 12 bed unit focusing on rehabilitation for people primarily aged under 65 with:

  • Traumatic brain injury (all ages)
  • Stroke
  • Neurological conditions
  • Multi-trauma and orthopaedic injuries
  • Reconditioning after medical or surgical illness

The Puāwai Rehabilitation Unit offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation that focuses on what is important to you and your whānau.  

Our rehabilitation team consists of:

  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Healthcare and Rehabilitation Assistants
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Speech Language Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Administrators

Rehabilitation Expectations

The rehabilitation process includes:

  • Thorough interdisciplinary assessment where we can estimate your length of stay with us
  • Rehabilitation planning based on your goals and what is important to you
  • Building your rehabilitation timetable and planning what you need for a supported transition back to the community

Your family/whānau are welcome to be part of, and support you through, your rehabilitation journey.


Accommodation Options for Family/Whānau

A variety of accommodation (e.g., AirBnB or motels) can be found within a 10-minute drive of Wakari Hospital.




Visiting Hours

Visiting times are 2:00pm – 8:00pm or other times by arrangement.


Free carparking is available


Dunedin - South Otago

Contact Details

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Dunedin - South Otago

369 Taieri Road
OTA 9010

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Street Address

369 Taieri Road
OTA 9010

Postal Address

Private Bag 1921, Dunedin 9054

This page was last updated at 12:55PM on April 12, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by Puāwai Rehabilitation Unit | Southern | Te Whatu Ora.