This is where we hope you will find links to lots of useful sites and resources about health and health care.
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 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
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 Smokefree. For facts and help on alcohol or drugs see ALAC or Community Alcohol and Drugs Service or Drug Free World
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.
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 Health. When navigating the health service you have rights and responsibilities enshrined in legislation called the Code of Health and Disability Consumers Rights. There 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.
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.