Health information for patients

There is much free ‘information’ on health topics available via Google etc, but it won’t always be accurate or safe. These are some reputable sites:

Everybody : Health info for New Zealanders   www.everybody.co.nz

HealthEd (NZ Ministry of Health)     www.healthed.govt.nz/      Browse topics, request pamphlets, etc.

Health Navigator NZ   www.healthnavigator.org.nz/  How to navigate the health system and make choices that are right for you and your family or whanau

Healthline    www.healthline.co.nz

MedSafe (NZ)    www.medsafe.govt.nz/   Information on medicines, including side-effects

Mental Health (National Library NZ)   webdirectory.natlib.govt.nz/dir/en/nz/health  Click on ‘Diseases and conditions’ then ‘Mental health’ for a comprehensive range of sources of information on specific disorders, New Zealand organisations, support groups, etc.

NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders   www.nzord.org.nz/  Includes contacts for support groups throughout NZ)

UpToDate Patient website http://www.uptodate.com/home/uptodate-benefits-patients 

Web Directory : Health (National Library NZ)  webdirectory.natlib.govt.nz/dir/en/nz/health  Comprehensive listing of web sites, including societies and associations, and sources of information on specific diseases and disorders.

 

Directories

Alcohol/Drug/Gambling   www.addictionshelp.org.nz/Services/Home   Can be searched for details of local services e.g. Gisborne, Ruatoria

 

Telephone Helplines

Alcohol/Drug Helpline     0800 787 797

Gambling Helpline          0800 654 655

Healthline                      0800 611 116 www.healthline.co.nz