The majority of older New Zealanders are happy living at home and just need a bit of extra support now and again. There are plenty of services designed to keep you living well in your own home, including home support assistance (such as home help and personal care) and respite or short term care. Staying connected with your community is particularly important for older people living at home – whether that’s knowing where to go when you’re feeling unwell, looking out for your neighbours, or volunteering. You’ll also find a range of driving and transport options available throughout New Zealand to help you maintain your independence, as well as information about housing options available in your region.
Community & public health
Am I eligible for free health services in New Zealand?
You may be able to access free or subsidised health and disability services if you meet the following criteria: a NZ citizen or permanent resident or an Australian citizen or permanent resident who’s lived, or intends to live, in NZ for at least 2 years or a work visa holder...
Are health hubs replacing GP surgeries?
Our community health services were quite fragmented in the past, with GP services scattered around the community. In order to create a more integrated service, meet increasing demand, manage resources well and to utilise new innovation and technology then things needed to be done differently. Over recent years many health...
Can I go to the public hospital if I'm unwell?
You can go to a public hospital if you are seriously unwell, and it is an emergency. For all other times you need to be referred by a health professional, usually your doctor. If it’s an emergency phone 111 and ask for an ambulance. If you’re near the hospital and...
Does New Zealand have a new health system?
The New Zealand Government has made major changes to the way health services are delivered across the country – these changes came in officially on 1 July 2022. Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand provide or organise health services across the country. It manages all health services, including hospital and...
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Have you had an injury? Are you eligible for ACC support?
ACC is a no faults injury scheme in which ACC may pay for costs related to your injury. Following an injury it is important to speak to your health professional about making an application to register the injury with ACC. ACC will then decide whether to accept the claim. You...
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How does the New Zealand health system work?
There have been some significant changes in the way health services are delivered throughout New Zealand. Previously 20 regional District Health Boards (DHBs) provide or organise health services across the country. As of 1 July: Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand manages all health services, including hospital and specialist services,...
How often should I have a health check?
Opinions vary as to how often you should have these but once a year is a common standard for older people. Those who keep well are obviously not going to need to see their health advisor as often as someone who has more complex health needs, so the first step...
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How to become more involved in your healthcare.
All health professionals want you to have as positive an experience from your contact with them as possible. People who are informed about their health conditions and who are involved in decision making are more likely to comply with a health plan or regime and are also more satisfied with...
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The benefits of using the patient portal
A patient portal allows you to see your own health information. It is accessed via a secure website. While not yet available at all practices you can enquire about it. You can generally join up via your health care providers website or enquire about it when you next visit. It...
The power of volunteering
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What are shared goals of care in New Zealand?
Shared goals of care in New Zealand refer to a collaborative approach between people, healthcare professionals, and family/whānau, which aims to align their goals and expectations for a person's treatment and care. Shared goals of care outline how providers should approach discussions of care with adults and their whānau. They...
What Makes Us Healthy? The Social Determinants of Health
Why do some people end up with better health than others?
Evidence shows that we are the people we are, due to a range of factors including our genes, the environment and circumstances that have impacted on us over our lifetime. The video Social Determinants of Health helps us understand some of these factors.
Your genetic profile assists with targeting your treatment.
Personalized, precision or functional medicine is a developing area of medicine where information about your genetic makeup helps inform your health professional about what’s required to keep you healthy and, if you are unwell, then what treatments and interventions might be most successful for you. It may also determine how...