Helpful Links

Below are some quick links for you to access general health information. For specific advice about your symptoms or concerns please give us a call to book an appointment with one of our doctors.


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General Health

Manage My Health

Let us know if you would like to register for Manage My Health

COVID19 Fact Sheet MOH

Stay up to date with COVID19.

Fact Sheet from May, 2020

Level 2 Health & Safety

How to do Level 2

Cervical Screening Age Changes 2019

From November 2019, the cervical screening start age is changing from 20 to 25 years.

Here's what you need to know.

Funded Shingles Vaccine

From April 1st, 2018, the shingles vaccine will be free for people over 65 years.

Meningococcal Vaccine Article - Stuff

Health experts urge for vaccinations after Meningococcal B cases increase.

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. Humans are the only host for these bacteria.

FAQ Meningococcal Vaccine

Information from the Immunization Advisory Board

Women's Refuge Wellington

Wellington Womens Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki, Maori Womens Refuge provide services to women and children in the Wellington community. Our services are confidential and we support women whether they choose to leave or stay in a relationship.

Patient

Search the Patient database of information leaflets on health and disease. Most GPs in the UK can access the same leaflets during consultation.

Ministry of Health NZ

The Ministry works across the health sector to deliver better health outcomes for New Zealanders.

The Ministry of Health leads New Zealand’s health and disability system, and has overall responsibility for the management and development of that system.

Health Education England

The NHS is an engine that will deliver a better health and healthcare workforce for England. 


They are responsible for the education, training and personal development of every member of staff, and recruiting for values. 


They are England's health and healthcare people service.

Mesothelioma Centre

We're passionate about educating people about the dangers of asbestos and would love to help anyone suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers however we can. It is our priority to help get the word out.

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Maternity and Baby Health

Shut Up & Dance!

Shut Up & Dance is a fun and straight forward dance class for mums. They are in Crofton Downs on a Tuesday morning (they offer other places on other days) and provide a great oppurtunity to dance and have fun to pop music.

Plunket

Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation, community-owned and governed. We provide a caring, professional well child and family and whānau service.

They are committed to providing universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity, location or ability to pay. This is at the heart of who Plunket are and is essential to provide a positive environment for parents.

The Period of Purple Crying

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a new way to help parents understand this time in their baby's life, which is a normal part of every infant's development. It is confusing and concerning to be told your baby "has colic" because it sounds like it is an illness or a condition that is abnormal. When the baby is given medication to treat symptoms of colic, it reinforces the idea that there is something wrong with the baby, when in fact, the baby is going through a very normal developmental phase. That is why we prefer to refer to this time as the Period of PURPLE Crying. This is not because the baby turns purple while crying. The acronym is a meaningful and memorable way to describe what parents and their babies are going through.

The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age. There are other common characteristics of this phase, or period, which are better described by the acronym PURPLE. All babies go through this period. It is during this time that some babies can cry a lot and some far less, but they all go through it.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices is an excellent data base full of information about pregnancy, baby development, labour and birth, baby and pregnancy vaccinations, feeding, teething, tantrums, and more. It also provides a forum to share your pregnancy and baby experiences and find emotional support from others.

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Heart Health

Your Heart Forecast

This is the clinicians version of this tool, members of the public can access their version on the Know Your Numbers website. Use this tool to communicate cardiovascular risk to you patients. 
 

This tool is from the Heart Foundation website.

Taking Control: My Plan for Heart Health

Introducing "Taking Control. My plan for heart health", a Heart Foundation programme which aims to support individuals and family/whanau to achieve lifestyle changes to help manage high cardiovascular risk.

This booklet is available from the Heart Foundation website.

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Mental Health

Lifeline

Lifeline New Zealand's telephone counselling service provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week counselling and support. Phone 0800 543 354

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

To find low cost or free counselling in your area you can phone Family Services Helpline on 0800 211 211.

Kati Morton

Kati Morton is a licenced clinical therapist who makes videos about topics such as depression, eating disorders, anxiety, self harm, and more. Her videos are informative and help to break down the stigma around mental health conditions and begin to explain the definitions of certain medical terms associated with the above conditions. Kati Morton frequently responds to viewer's questions and provides many helpful resources both for people living with mental health symptoms as well as those supporting people who suffer from these symptoms.

SPARX

SPARX is a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression. It can also help if you’re feeling anxious or stressed.

 

If you want to know if SPARX is right for you, complete the Mood Quiz. It was developed with the help of young people and is based on a type of ‘talking therapy’ called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short. You can do CBT with a counsellor or a psychologist but you can also learn CBT skills from a computer program like SPARX. What makes computerised CBT (like SPARX) unique is that you can do it on your own, at your own pace, whenever and wherever it suits you; all you need is a computer with access to the internet.

CBT focuses on the links between how people think (their ‘cognitions’), what they do (their ‘behaviour’) and how they feel. CBT teaches skills about how to cope with negative thoughts and feelings by helping people to think in a more balanced and helpful way and getting them to do things they enjoy or that give them a sense of achievement.

There is lots of research to show that CBT helps.

Youthline

Youthline works with people from all walks of life, from all cultures - including the Cook Islands - and with all sorts of things going on in their lives. This can be anything from just wanting to talk something through (big or small, via TXT, email or phone), to working face to face with a young person or even their whole family.

Youthline work with a really wide range of issues, from relationship stuff (boyfriends/girlfriends/friends/family/work etc), emotional stuff (feeling down, grief and losing someone close to you, going through tough times), to helping connect you with services or help in your community. 

Youthline also works to make sure that those who support young people (friends, family members, teachers, sports coaches, doctors and nurses) have the tools and information they need to feel confident doing this. It can be hard to know what to say or do when someone is going through a tough time; but it's really important to check in. Knowing someone cares might be just what that person needs. That's when Youthline can be there to make sure you feel comfortable doing this.

Whether it's something little or big, Youthline is here to listen and help.

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Senior Health

How To Make A Safe Home For A Loved One With Alzheimer's Or Dementia

An in-depth guide to improving safety for loved ones with Alzheimer's or Dementia who are living at home.

Legal Planning for Alzheimer's and Dementia

A comprehensive guide for patients and their families.

Veterans Benefits for Seniors

The SVSA lists appeals agents, advocates and eldercare services in many areas of the country. These individuals and providers help senior veterans and their survivors understand veterans benefits available to them.

One underutilized benefit available to many senior (wartime) veterans/widows is pension -- commonly called aid and attendance. Because aid and attendance is such an important benefit, we provide an entire section below describing it.

Planning for the Future for Seniors with Special Needs

Some senior adults need a bit of help and care, but when a senior has a special need, the level of care increases significantly. With the right resources, you can create a plan of care that will ensure your loved one’s needs – from healthcare through financial – are well met throughout their retirement years.

Financial Resources for Seniors

Retirement resources for boomers and seniors.

Guide to Senior Nutrician

As your body ages, its dietary needs change. In your older years, your activity levels may go down, and your metabolism will slow. This means you won’t need as many calories as you did when you were young and active. Learning to eat well for your age can help stave off a number of health conditions, helping you to save both time and money normally spent on trips to the doctor.

Moving Tips for Seniors

Moving is a big job, but when you're a senior and you're moving from the home you've raised your family in to something smaller, you have some specific considerations you have to make. You can take measures to reduce the stress of the days ahead. Here's a guide to help you through the process as you get ready to downsize and prep for your move.

Boomer's Roadmap to Aging in Place

How to prepare today for your senior years.

Senior Health Resources

People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. It is important to understand what to expect. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your health care provider know if you have any concerns.

Making the Move to Assisted Living

If you’re having more and more difficulty with everyday activities such as showering, dressing, getting around the house, and running errands, an assisted living facility may be the answer. You can get the daily support you need, while remaining as independent as possible. Making the decision to leave your home can be difficult, but by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs and concerns, you can you can make the choice that’s right for you and ensure your senior years are happy and fulfilling.

University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age (U3A) was founded in France in 1973 to provide continuing learning opportunities for retired people. By 1981 it was established in England and by 1989/90 branches were opening in New Zealand. Today there are branches world wide, but there is no official ruling body, each group operating independently according to its situation and facilities available.

The aims of U3A are:

  • to share knowledge and advance the education of people of the Third Age;

  • to provide facilities for leisure time and recreational activities of people of the Third Age in the interest of their social welfare;

  • to encourage members to form interactive groups, both to share knowledge and to pursue active study in new fields.

Membership is open to all people of the Third Age who support the objects of U3A, are not in full-time employment. are approved by the committee, pay the agreed annual subscription and who agree to abide by the constitution and any conditions imposed by the committee.

Sixties Up Movement

60S UP MOVEMENT is a body of senior members of the community made up of those who are active, usually no longer in full time employment, who meet in local branches to find new friends and activities.

One of the Movement's main objectives is to offer opportunities for members to maintain and expand their minds and bodies with social communication and educational and recreation activities.



 

Age Concern

Age Concern is a charitable organisation dedicated solely to people over 65. 
We promote dignity, wellbeing, equity and respect and provide expert information and support services in response to older people's needs.


We are active and vocal on relevant issues and work to ensure older people stay connected with their family, friends and community.

Local Age Concerns throughout New Zealand are the first port of call for older people in their communities. Age Concerns offer expertise and knowledge of all available services for older people as well as social activities.

Age Concern New Zealand (national office) provides national support to local Age Concerns. Age Concern New Zealand also informs the government and other national bodies on issues of concern for older people. 

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Sex Education and Health

Safer Sex for Trans People

We, as trans people, use a variety of words to describe our gender and our body parts, and these words can be very unique and personal. There’s no one right way to refer to our bodies, but to keep things consistent in this guide, we’ve decided to use the following words in the following ways.

Ways to Prevent Sexual Violence

We must prevent sexual violence before it happens. But how do we do that? What does it look like?

How To Talk To Your Partner About STDs

Reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. A simple sex talk can help protect yourself and your partner. Here's how to start the conversation.

Addiction & Infidelity

Understanding And Finding Ways To Heal After An Addicted Partner Is Unfaithful

Safer Sex for Seniors

Six Basic Facts Seniors Need to Know about STIs

Advocates for Youth

Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Healthy Youth

HealthEd

Sexual Health STI Chart

STD Rates Reach Recrod High in USA

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis rates hit an all-time high last year, new report shows

Smear Tests: What Women Should Know

Download the PDF here.

Sexplanations

Sexplanations is sexedutainment for the universe hosted by Dr. Lindsey Doe, directed and edited by Matthew Gaydos, and produced by Hank Green. The show is designed around the 4 minutes model of YouTube EDU to share incredible knowledge while inspiring the audience to stay curious.

 

The channel has covered over 150 topics and has reached over 100 nations. It's in it's third year and continuing shame-free, comprehensive efforts to educate on everything sex. Dr. Lindsey Doe the host is also a doctor of human sexuality who runs a private practice in clinical sexology where she works directly with clients on their sexual health goals. She also travels internationally speaking to various campuses and conferences about her work and curiosity.

 

You can learn more about Dr. Doe and Sexplanations by watching all the videos and visiting drlindseydoe.com

Laci Green

Laci Green is an American YouTuber who provides "sex ed for the internet!" Her YouTube channel provides bite sized educational videos for adults of all ages to learn about sex and sexual health.

 

Laci Green also has a show on MTV called Braless where she discusess gender diversity in the media and teaches young people about feminism, sexual health, and pop culture.

Family Planning NZ

Family Planning provide a range of services including sexual and reproductive health information, clinical services, education and training services. These services are available throughout New Zealand and their work contributes to a world where all people can realise their sexual and reproductive health rights.

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Links for Young People

Skylight

Skylight is a national not for profit trust that enables children, young people, their family/whanau and friends to navigate through times of trauma, loss and grief. 

Kidsline

Available 4pm to 6pm weekdays phone 0800 543754. This unique service is about kids helping kids. They are specially-trained year 12 and 13 students.

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Amy Poehler is a comedian who is passionate about educating young people and encouraging them to be curious and involved in the world around them. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls is a website that provices videos, articles, interviews and more, for young people to learn about things that are happening all over the world and to hear from the different perspectives of a range of knowledgable people. 

Tearaway Youth Magazine

Tearaway or "The Voice of NZ Youth" is a website full of content made by young writers, photographers, designers, illustrators, film-makers, "website wizards" and social media experts. There is often new content with health and life advice including how to navigate school and life after school, universtity and life after university. 

Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half is a humerous blog about the challenges of living with social anxiety, depression, and learning to be an adult. Complete with hilarious illustrations and stories from the author's childhood, this blog is the perfect way to brighten your day.

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Wadestown Community

Victim Support

We help put victims of crime and trauma in control of restoring their lives

Citizen's Advice Bureau

In order for a democratic society to function well people need to be able to participate in that society in a meaningful way.  This requires that people know, understand and are able to exercise their rights and obligations.  In our complex modern world, empowerment cannot be achieved by merely having access to information.  Information can be of little use if it is not also accompanied by someone to guide the recipient and help them understand the information, apply it to their situation, and turn that information into action and results.

 

The essence of the CAB service is about promoting knowledge and understanding and providing people with the confidence and support that will enable them to influence the things that affect them. When helping individual clients our aim is not to take over the management of a client’s situation, but instead to work alongside them, helping them to help themselves and providing pathways for resolving their issues.  This way, the client has an opportunity to grow in confidence and to learn.

 

The Citizens Advice service has been designed to be as comprehensive, seamless and accessible as possible and to prevent people in need from discounting themselves from being eligible for our help.  This puts the CAB in the unique position of being able to reach people who would otherwise never be connected with the help services they need, and those who would otherwise fall through the cracks.  

Meals on Wheels

The Red Cross Meals on Wheels service helps people all around New Zealand who are living at home by providing them with a healthy meal every day. New Zealand Red Cross volunteers deliver around 620,000 hot meals a year - that's nearly 12,000 every week.

NZBLOOD

NZBLOOD's vision is to be the provider of blood services for New Zealand recognised for excellence in meeting the needs of donors, patients, staff and the wider healthcare community.

Just one donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Many people receive donated blood for many different reasons, read the amazing stories of some of these people and see the difference someone like you can make to their life and to their families.

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Autism & Kids with Special Needs

Disability Resources

To find additional disability information, we recommend using publicly available search engines and visiting the following links.

Disability and Credit Scores

How Being Disabled Hurts Your Credit: What to Know and Where to Find Help

Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs

Disaster Safety & Assistive Technology: Protection for Seniors & the Disabled

Keeping Seniors and Special Needs Individuals Safe Around Construction

Keeping seniors and disabled individuals safe on the job site is extremely important and requires additional measures

Legal Resources for Special Needs

Legal Resources and Considerations for Seniors and Persons with Special Needs

Moving with Special Needs Kids

Moving is at once stressful and exciting. When you are moving with children, you face a number of considerations that others don't have to face. When you add a special needs child to the mix, you have a lengthy list of addition things you have to do to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here are some tips to help you with the moving process, ensuring that your child's needs are met throughout it.

Operation Autism

Operation Autism directly supports U.S. military families touched by autism and autism spectrum disorders. It serves as an introduction to autism, a guide for the life journey with autism, and a ready reference for available resources, services, and support.

Estate Planning for Parents with Special Needs Kids

We will discuss what it means to plan your estate when you have a child with autism. We will address the basics – like what exactly estate planning is and the challenges it can bring – as well as what documents you need to have in order in your estate planning, which documents your child needs to be successful and in compliance with the law, and how you should proceed once you have put your affairs in place.

CDC Autism Links & Resources

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Links to Other Websites.

Creating a Home Where Your Child Can Thrive with a Disability

When your child is disabled, whether because of the way they were born or after an accident or injury, you instantly turn from simply a parent to an advocate. It's your job to give your child the best possible start in life, embracing the different abilities so your child can thrive. However, sometimes this is difficult to do in a traditional home layout. If your child, for example, is in a wheelchair, and you have narrow hallways, then getting around your home may be difficult, if not impossible. Home modifications can help you make your home into a place where your child is safe, comfortable and thriving. At HomeCity, we want to help you with the process of modifying your home. Here are some tips to make it a little easier.

Reduce The Noise

Help loved ones with sensory overload enjoy shopping.

Autism Resources for Families

Being armed with information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps families feel more comfortable as they face new challenges. Some families need to know where to start when one member of the family has been recently diagnosed. Other families face unexpected difficulties as their loved ones with ASD learn to live effectively in home, school, or community settings. We are dedicated to supporting families by making information and resources more readily available.

Sesame St and Autism

Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.

Temple Grandin's Teaching Tips

Teaching tips for children and adults with autism.

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