These links connect to other health-related government and non-government sites and to information sites belonging to agencies affiliated to the Public Health Association. Links to commercial sites are not intended as endorsements, nor should omission of a commercial site be seen as non-endorsement. The content of any linked site does not necessarily reflect the views of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand or the Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora.
Activity & Nutrition Aotearoa
Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to connect people and organisations engaged in the cause of improving the nation’s nutrition and physical activity.
Visit the Activity & Nutrition Action website at www.ana.org.nz
Age Concern New Zealand
Age Concern New Zealand is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation, dedicated to promoting the quality of life and well-being of older people, and advocating a message of positive, healthy ageing for people of all ages.
Visit the Age Concern New Zealand website at www.ageconcern.org.nz
Alcohol & Public Health Research Unit
The Alcohol & Public Health Research Unit is an independent, peer-reviewed research organisation with an international reputation. Much of their alcohol research focuses on preventing harm through development of national policy and community action.
Visit the Alcohol & Public Health Research Unit website at www.aphru.ac.nz
ASH (Action on Smoking and Health)ASH provides an information service to health promotion and education providers, policy makers, politicians, the media, students, community groups and members of the public on issues relating to tobacco and public health.
Visit the ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) website at www.ash.org.nz
Asthma (Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of NZ)
The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand (Inc) is a national, non-government organisation which aims to help people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Visit the Asthma (Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of NZ) website at www.asthmafoundation.org.nz
Traditionally, Māori were an auahi kore / smokefree culture. Auahi kore works to change attitudes towards smoking, encourage Māori to either stop smoking or not to start, and to reclaim this smokefree status.
Visit the Auahi Kore website at www.auahikore.org.nz/
Baby Friendly Aotearoa New Zealand
Baby Friendly services work to see that all whānau, regardless of their infant feeding choice, receive unbiased information, support and professional advice in their decision to feed their babies.
Visit the Baby Friendly Aotearoa New Zealand website at www.babyfriendly.org.nz/
Burnett Foundation Aotearoa
The Burnett Foundation Aotearoa (formerly New Zealand AIDS Foundation) has a passion and commitment to prevent HIV transmission, combat stigma and maximise the wellbeing of those most affected by HIV. Its kaupapa is to have a human-centred, science-led, sex-positive approach to public health.
Visit the Burnett Foundation Aotearoa website at https://www.burnettfoundation.org.nz/
Cancer Society of New Zealand
The Cancer Society provides information about treatment, prevention, and early detection of cancer.
Visit the Cancer Society of New Zealand website at www.cancernz.org.nz
Child Cancer Foundation
The foundation provides services for children and young people with cancer and supports their families.
Visit the Child Cancer Foundation website at www.childcancer.org.nz
Coeliac New Zealand Incorporated
Coeliac New Zealand is a national, non-governmental organisation which raises awareness and supports people with Coeliac Disease(CD) live healthy lives every day. We provide information and support research for those working in the health sector to enable early detection, treatment and follow up care of people with CD and their whanau; as well as providing coeliac safe events, social forums, a dedicated Coeliac Link magazine, an Annual Awareness Week during June, and an informative website with relevant information: www.coeliac.org.nz.
Visit the Coeliac New Zealand website at www.coeliac.org.nz
Diabetes New Zealand
Diabetes New Zealand is a Charitable Trust that represents and supports people living with diabetes. They’ve been supporting Kiwi with information and resources to help identify and manage diabetes symptoms for more than 60 years.
Their mission is to ensure that every person living in Aotearoa New Zealand with diabetes or at risk of diabetes has equitable access to affordable, quality diabetes care and education.
The website for Dietitians New Zealand Ngā Pukenga Kai Ora o Aotearoa contains useful information about what dietitians do, where to find credible eating well information, and a database of registered dietitians by region.
Visit the Dietitians NZ website at www.dietitians.org.nz
Epilepsy New Zealand
Epilepsy New Zealand provides educational, information, and support services, including a national epilepsy helpline: 0800 20 21 22. Epilepsy New Zealand has 17 local branches and a National Support Centre in Hamilton.
Visit the Epilepsy New Zealand website at www.epilepsy.org.nz/
This site offers access to free 24-hour telephone counsellors and a free text service. Gambling Helpline provides four specialist services; Māori Gambling Helpline, Pasifika Gambling Helpline, Debt Gambling Helpline and Youth Gambling Helpline. The site also houses an anonymous forum where users can connect with others affected by gambling.
Visit the Gambling Helpline website at www.gamblinghelpline.co.nz
Health and Disability Commissioner
Promotes and protects the rights and responsibilities of consumers and providers.
Visit the Health and Disability Commissioner website at www.hdc.org.nz/
Health App Library
The NZ Health App Library, funded by the Ministry of Health, is made up of apps that have been reviewed by experts, so you can decide which ones are right for you and your whānau.
Health Information and Services
Supporting health and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand
Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand
The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand: Runanga Whakapiki ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa is a national umbrella organisation that helps to unite the efforts of community groups as they work for a healthier society.
Visit the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand website at https://hauora.co.nz/
Healthify makes health information simple for everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This website provides resources and information to support people working in the nutrition or physical activity sectors.
Visit the Healthy Kids website at www.healthykids.org.nz
Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand
The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve health outcomes for those New Zealanders living with chronic hepatitis B or C.
Visit the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand website at www.hepatitisfoundation.org.nz/
IHC New Zealand
The IHC website is about living with intellectual disability in New Zealand. IHC New Zealand will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.
Visit the IHC New Zealand website at www.ihc.org.nz/
Just the Facts
JUST THE FACTS is brought to you by the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) - an initiative funded by the Te Whatu Ora - Health NZ to educate New Zealanders about STIs.
Karawhiua is a unifying campaign for whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Lowdown website
A site for youth, this is a forum for information provision and discussion about many difficult issues facing young people today. The site is hosted by ‘navigators’, young role models with appeal to the site’s visitors, and has a primary focus on dealing with depression.
Visit the Lowdown website at www.thelowdown.co.nz/
Mental Health Foundation
This site is a hub for much of the mental health work going on in New Zealand. Here you can find links to resources, information, health promotion and policy. The site is also the central point of reference for the annual Mental Health Awareness Week.
Visit the Mental Health Foundation website at www.mentalhealth.org.nz/
Ministry of Health: Manatū Hauora
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the development and implementation of policy for, and the funding of, the health and disability sector.
Visit the Ministry of Health: Manatū Hauora website at www.health.govt.nz/
National Depression Initiative website
This site is focused on helping people find a way through depression, stay well and help others. It also houses The Journal, a self-management tool – fronted by John Kirwan and supported by Psychiatrists and a Clinical Psychologist – for dealing with your own mild to moderate depression.
Visit the National Depression Initiative website at www.depression.org.nz/
National Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation aims to promote good health for all New Zealanders and to reduce suffering and early death from heart and blood vessel disease.
Visit the National Heart Foundation website at https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/
National Screening Unit
This site features the national screening programmes: BreastScreen Aotearoa, Cervical Screening, and Antenatal and Newborn Screening. This site offers New Zealand women and their families easy access to important and relevant health information.
Visit the National Screening Unit website at www.nsu.govt.nz/
Nōku te Ao: Like Minds
Nōku te Ao is a nationwide programme to end prejudice and discrimination against people with experience of mental distress.
NZ Drug Foundation
The NZ Drug Foundation is a registered charity whose work is supported by government funding, corporate and private grants and donations, and by members.
Visit the NZ Drug Foundation website at https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/
Resources are available at https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/resources/
Occupations are the activities and tasks of everyday life. These include things people do to look after themselves, to enjoy themselves, and to contribute to the social and economic fabric of their communities. Occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people take part in everyday living through their occupations.
It is also about fostering health and wellbeing, and about creating a just and inclusive society so that everyone can participate to their fullest potential. The things that occupational therapists do to help people take part in everyday living are sometimes referred to as ‘enabling occupation’.
More information is available at What is occupational therapy? (otboard.org.nz)
Physiotherapy New Zealand - Kōmiri Aotearoa
Physiotherapy uses proven techniques to help restore movement and function to anyone affected by an injury, disability or health condition. It’s a therapy that can help you achieve movement for life.
A physiotherapist will use their in-depth knowledge of how the body works, combined with hands-on clinical skills, to assess, diagnose and treat your symptoms. They can even help you prevent many injuries and health conditions.
More information is available at physio.org.nz
Problem Gambling Foundation
This site offers a range of information, resources and ways to get involved in your community. It also offers access to qualified counsellors who provide free, professional and confidential counselling services for both gamblers and others affected by gambling, with specific services for Asian communities.
Visit the Problem Gambling Foundation website at Problem Gambling Foundation • Take the first step in your journey to recovery (pgf.nz)
The Quit Group
The Quitline helps all New Zealanders quit smoking. Smokers can access the Quitline support by telephone, text or online.
Visit The Quit Group website at www.quit.org.nz/
Te Rau Ora
To improve Māori Health through leadership, education, research and evaluation, health workforce development and innovative, systemic transformation. We strengthen Māori health and wellbeing through nationally navigated and locally led solutions.
Visit the Te Rau Ora website at https://terauora.com/
Safer Gambling Aotearoa
Safer Gambling Aotearoa is on a mission to minimise gambling harm within our communities. So, whether you choose to gamble or know someone who does, we’re here to offer our guidance and support, with manaaki and alofa.
Visit the Safer Gambling Aotearoa website
Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa
Formerly Family Planning, now Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa. Still New Zealand’s largest provider of sexual and reproductive health services, clinics, information, advice and education. Online or in person, on a course or in a resource – we’re here to help you make decisions about your sexual health and wellbeing.
Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa
Shine is a specialist domestic violence not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to making NZ homes violence free. Shine’s range of services include a national, free-to-call Helpline, answered 7 days a week. Shine’s website offers further information and resources about domestic violence.
National domestic violence helplines:
- Shine Helpline: 0508 744 633 - 9am to 11pm, 7 days. www.2shine.org.nz
- Women's Refuge Crisisline: 0800 733 843 - 24/7. www.womensrefuge.org.nz
- Family Violence Information line (Are You OK): 0800 456 450 - 9am to 11 pm, 7 days. www.areyouok.org.nz
- Hey Bro helpline: 0800 Hey Bro (439' 276) - 24/7 (for men who feel they're going to harm a loved one or whanau member). www.hewakatapu.org.nz/ services/0800-hey-bro
- Safe to Talk (sexual harm helpline): 0800044 334 OR text 4334 - 24/7. Online chat at www.safetotalk.nz
- Elder Abuse Response Service: 0800 32 668 65 OR text 5032 24/7. www.officeforseniors.govt.nz/our-work/raising-awareness-of-elder-abuse
- Age Concern (elder abuse): 0800 652 105 ageconcern.org.nz
- Netsafe (online safety): 0508 NETSAFE (638 723) or text 4282 - 8am to 8pm weekdays, 9am to 5pm weekends/holidays
Helping New Zealanders to become smokefree by providing information, tools and tips.
Visit the Smokefree website at www.smokefree.org.nz/
This section of the Ministry of Health website provides information on smokefree environments legislation.
Visit the Smokefree Law website at www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/smokefree-law
Vaping and the law
Under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 vaping is prohibited at all times in schools, kura kaupapa, kōhanga reo and early childhood centres (including their grounds and buildings). Read the Ministry of Health’s website for further information at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/regulation-vaping-and-smokeless-tobacco-products/vaping-information-specific-audiences/vaping-information-schools-and-early-childhood-centres
Speech-language therapists are professionals who work with and advocate for people who have communication and swallowing impairments.
More information is available at New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (speechtherapy.org.nz)
The prevention of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety in New Zealand is led by the Cancer Society of New Zealand, under the SunSmart brand.
Visit the Sunsmart website at www.sunsmart.org.nz/
Water Safety New Zealand
Water Safety New Zealand Inc (WSNZ) ensures that water education safety needs of the community are met. It does so by providing several key services including public education (including resources), research and the provision of information and statistics, and advice and consultancy.
Visit the Water Safety New Zealand website at www.watersafety.org.nz/
Well Child/Tamariki Ora
WellChild/Tamariki Ora is about babies, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old and keeping them well, growing and developing to their fullest potential. The site helps WellChild/Tamariki Ora Health providers to work together with families to provide the best support, health promotion and prevention for all New Zealand children under 5. The information can also be useful to parents, caregivers and whānau.
Visit the Child/Tamariki Ora website at www.wellchild.org.nz/
Whakarongorau Aotearoa/New Zealand Telehealth Services
Whakarongorau Aotearoa is an organisation that provides a number of national telehealth services.
Te Whatu Ora, National Public Health Service, Health Promotion
The Health Promotion directorate leads and delivers innovative, high quality and cost effective programmes to inspire all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives. Key areas of work are: First 1,000 Days, alcohol, health education resources, immunisation, mental health, minimising gambling harm, nutrition and physical activity and tobacco control.
Visit the Te Whatu Ora, Health Promotion website at www.hpa.org.nz/
Women’s Health Action
Women's Health Action is a charitable trust which aims to provide women with high-quality information and education services to enable them to maintain their health and make informed choices about their healthcare.
Visit the Women’s Health Action website at www.womens-health.org.nz/