Useful Links

This is where we hope you will find links to lots of useful sites and resources about health and health care.

Our Nervous System
There is a host of online help for mental disorders including Depression.  Guide to living with depression in pregnancy

Neurological disorders include Parkinsons Disease, and StrokeFor information on dementia see Alzheimers Disease.
For info on eye disorders  see Save Our Sight or Macular Degeneration NZ

Our Circulation System
Excellent information on the heart and nutrition can be found on the NZ Heart Foundation website. Many of our patients are home monitoring their blood pressure. You can record your BP on our Blood Pressure Record form.  How old is your heart? Visit www.knowyournumbers.co.nz and after a few simple questions you will get a glimpse of how old your heart really is, compared to your actual age.

Our Lungs
Find out more about Asthma. More information can be found about asbestos related lung disease at Asbestos.com.

Our Digestive System
We are fortunate to be in an area with an area with a pilot bowel cancer screening program. This is being offered to everyone aged 50 to 74 living in the Waitemata DHB area. For more information see BowelScreening or phone 0800 924 432.
Coeliac NZ – a good source of info for people with gluten enteropathy.  Good teeth enable healthy digestion – NZ health service promotes fluoride for stonger teeth.

Our Kidney/Bladder system
See Kidney Health NZ

Our Reproductive System
Information on Sexual Health for young people. Family Planning has some great resources as well. For those wanting to get pregnant Fertility Associates provides good information. Endometriosis NZ

Our Skin
One of the best websites for skin disorders Dermnet is made in New Zealand.
The Melanoma Foundation

Our Hormone/Endocrine System
People with diabetes should become members of Diabetes New Zealand.
Osteoporosis NZ

Our Blood
Have you considered giving blood? Take a look at New Zealand Blood Donations
More information about blood disorders including blood cancers.

Our Immune System
Facts and a mine of information at the Immunisation Advisory Centre. If you are travelling take a look at Fit for Travel before you make a time to see us about travel immunisations.

Our Habits
If you are a smoker talk to us about help with smoking cessation or contact Quitline. You should stop smoking. Its a no-brainer. More info at SmokefreeFor facts and help on alcohol or drugs see ALAC or Community Alcohol and Drugs Service or Drug Free World

Parenting 
Two excellent parenting websites with valuable information and resources about caring for your child: KidsHealth is a New Zealand website – a joint initiative between the Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. This provides parents and health professionals with up to date information on children’s health, parent support and support groups throughout New Zealand. Raising children is an Australian parenting website resource with a range of information and resources for newborns to teenagers and those with special needs, developed by health professionals and parents.

Cancer
There are many websites about cancer. Try the Cancer Council New Zealand or the Cancer Society.
The Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation

Our Health Service
One of the bigger funders of health care in New Zealand is the Accident Compensation – ACC.  More information about enrolment, eligibility for health funding and other mundane matters is at the Ministry of HealthWhen navigating the health service you have rights and responsibilities enshrined in legislation called the Code of Health and Disability Consumers RightsThere are also rules about how your private information is handled – The Health Information Privacy Code. Negotiating our health service can be tricky as can finding health information. Health Navigator is an NZ site designed to help.

Medicine
A great site for Medicine Information is MEDSAFE – Medicine Information. Funding of medicines in NZ is controlled by Pharmac.

Thinking about the end of life
Many people have ideas about how they wish to be cared for as they age and live out their final years. Sometimes they are not able to express these wishes when the time comes. Advance Care Planning is a way of setting out your wishes for family or your power of attorney to consider when they are making decisions for your care.