Health Information

Here are some links to websites that can provide helpful information:

You can call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free advice from their trained registered nurses. Healthline is there to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone calls are free from within New Zealand. If you need to talk to someone in your own language, Healthline can usually arrange this using an interpreting service.

The Canterbury District Healthboard’s patient information website; information on diagnosed health conditions, treatments and referral options. The information provided is specific to Canterbury, New Zealand.

Youthline works with young people, their families and those supporting young people. The organisations are made up of volunteer and paid staff members – and there are centres based across the country.

“kidshealth” is a New Zealand website providing information about your children’s health. It is designed for New Zealand parents/caregivers and is a joint initiative between the Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.

Provides non-medical people in the United Kingdom with information about health and disease. The editorial team does this by writing evidence-based content on a wide range of medical and health topics.

Although UK sites are the primary links, some links are included to overseas sites so people from outside the UK may also find a useful resource.

Information for mothers, fathers & families on Postnatal Depression & related conditions, such as anxiety and bipolar disorder. The website was set up by The Postnatal Depression Family/Whanau New Zealand Trust.

Helping New Zealanders recognise and understand depression – this website encourages people to seek appropriate help. Sir John Kirwan, a former All Black, shares his experiences of depression on the site.

Helping young Kiwis understand and deal with depression – The Lowdown encourages and enables them to seek help, or puts them in touch with trained professionals.

Good information on skin and skin conditions e.g. eczema, skin cancers, psoriasis. It is the website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated and was designed for both consumers and health professionals.

Cancer Society

If you or someone you know has cancer this website will give you information and access to support networks. The Cancer Society can help people get to medical appointments and have specialist staff ready to support people undergoing treatment. There is a telephone service to answer any questions, big or small.

This website is about helping your family make healthy choices every day. Here you will find fast, easy and low-cost recipes and tips. As well as fun and low-cost ideas to get kids moving.

Osteoporosis classes

Physical Sense Physiotherapy are running supervised exercise classes for people with osteoporosis. Visit the website for information.