Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription - Pukapuka Wairua is a programme run by WellSouth Primary Health Network and libraries in Otago and Southland. The programme aims to increase access to high quality health information in these areas.

There are 3 strands of the programme:

Read Yourself Well: Self-help reading has been proven to help manage a wide range of health problems. Books in the programme are available from your local library. The collection includes books suitable for children, young people and adults and cover a range of topics from the areas of health, mental health and lifestyle. See the catalogue for a list of titles, or enquire at your local branch. These books may be useful on their own, or in conjunction with other options such as talking therapies and/or medication if appropriate.

Listen Yourself Well: If you prefer to listen, some audio-books are available to borrow from our libraries. Podcasts and videos are available on the Books on Prescription website, and Listen Yourself Well is supported by Otago Access Radio 105.4FM ( and Radio Southland 96.4FM (

T’App Yourself Well: Smartphone apps are another useful tool to help understand and manage a health problem. The apps are available on the Books on Prescription website and are reviewed in partnership with Health Navigator.