Using the Health System

Are your medicines right for you? How to find out

When taken correctly with regular reviews by your doctor, medications can improve your health and prolong your life.... read more about Are your medicines right for you? How to find out»

Asthma in children

Children with asthma can usually exercise and do the same things their friends do, as long as you manage the condition... read more about Asthma in children»

Care around the clock

Make your GP team your first call 24/7. Unless it’s an emergency (when you should call 111), always make your general... read more about Care around the clock»

Check out the HealthInfo Canterbury website

HealthInfo Canterbury is an easy-to-use health information website written just for you, the people of Canterbury. You... read more about Check out the HealthInfo Canterbury website»

Community Services Card = cheaper GP fees

Many general practices charge lower fees if you have a Community Services Card (CSC). If you have a CSC, the most you... read more about Community Services Card = cheaper GP fees»

Did you know there are Māori health teams in hospital services?

Māori health services are designed to promote health, work with Māori people, and encourage healthcare providers to... read more about Did you know there are Māori health teams in hospital services?»

Emergency dental care: Where to go

If you or a family member has a very painful toothache or an injury to your teeth or gums, get help as soon as... read more about Emergency dental care: Where to go»

Find support to stay healthy and live comfortably

The Ministry of Health and district health boards fund several services for older people to help support you as you... read more about Find support to stay healthy and live comfortably»

Free hearing checks

The Ministry of Health funds free hearing checks for children. If your child has a hearing loss, finding it early is... read more about Free hearing checks»

Get free dentist visits while you can

Dental care is free up until you turn 18, so get it while you still can! The Community Dental Service provides free... read more about Get free dentist visits while you can»

Get help paying for residential care: Here’s how

People who require long-term supported accommodation due to an illness or a disability may be entitled to a subsidy.... read more about Get help paying for residential care: Here’s how»

Getting funding for disability and injury equipment

The right equipment can help you do things in your own home, use the bathroom, and move around in your community. But... read more about Getting funding for disability and injury equipment»

Here’s how to get free dentist visits

All kids and teenagers in New Zealand can get free dental care up until their 18th birthday. The Ministry of Health has... read more about Here’s how to get free dentist visits»

How to find a doctor for your child

It’s important to enrol your child with a general practice at birth or as soon as possible after that. Being enrolled... read more about How to find a doctor for your child»

Immunisations: Get them now, get them free

Immunisation is the best way to protect yourself and others from infectious diseases. The Ministry of Health funds a... read more about Immunisations: Get them now, get them free»

Is immunisation safe for children?

The evidence is clear: Immunisation is safe. It protects your child from some serious diseases and helps to stop those... read more about Is immunisation safe for children?»

It’s time to go home from hospital. What now?

ACC has information about preparing to return home from hospital, including transport, letting your regular doctor know... read more about It’s time to go home from hospital. What now?»

Living with disabilities: our stories

Two people with disabilities, Rodney and Ross, share their stories with ACC about having someone help with personal... read more about Living with disabilities: our stories»

My child has a serious allergy. What can I do?

Serious allergies can threaten your child’s life. Starting school can be a particularly scary time for a parent,... read more about My child has a serious allergy. What can I do?»

Persistent and chronic pain: What to do

Persistent pain is pain that continues past the time you were expected to recover from an injury or illness, generally... read more about Persistent and chronic pain: What to do»

Renewing prescriptions

To renew a prescription, you usually need an appointment at your health clinic to review your health and check how your... read more about Renewing prescriptions»

Serious injuries and disabilities

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides support and services to people with lasting impairments after... read more about Serious injuries and disabilities»

Social work services for women’s health

Christchurch Women's Hospital has social workers who can give you support and information. They can do this before,... read more about Social work services for women’s health»

Support and services for older people in Canterbury

There are a lot of services and support available for older people with different needs. The Needs Assessment Service... read more about Support and services for older people in Canterbury»

The most important health services for you and your child

You and your child will need lots of help and support in the first few years. Find out about health services for your... read more about The most important health services for you and your child»

What do you want to achieve? A guide to setting rehabilitation goals

People who set goals generally do better in their rehabilitation than people who don't set goals. Goals can be as... read more about What do you want to achieve? A guide to setting rehabilitation goals»

What is Well Child Tamariki Ora?

Well Child Tamariki Ora is a free programme providing a series of free health visits and support for families with... read more about What is Well Child Tamariki Ora?»

What’s a Health Passport and where can I get one? Find out here

A Health Passport is a booklet you can carry with you when you go to hospital or when you use other health and... read more about What’s a Health Passport and where can I get one? Find out here»

Where to find support

The events in Christchurch on Friday 15 March 2019 are so distressing. If you or someone you know needs mental... read more about Where to find support»

Where to get help starting or returning to work

ACC can help you (and in some cases your whānau) with your transport needs that are a direct result of your injury.... read more about Where to get help starting or returning to work»

You can choose how you want to be treated at the end of your life. Here’s how

We all have individual ideas and beliefs about how we want to be treated at the end of our life. Talking about what you... read more about You can choose how you want to be treated at the end of your life. Here’s how»

Zero doctor fees for under-14s

All children under 14 years old can get free doctors’ visits and cheaper or free prescriptions. To take advantage of... read more about Zero doctor fees for under-14s»

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Page last updated: 11 April 2019

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