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

HealthEd (NZ Ministry of Health)      Browse topics, request pamphlets, etc.

Health Navigator NZ  How to navigate the health system and make choices that are right for you and your family or whanau


MedSafe (NZ)   Information on medicines, including side-effects

Mental Health (National Library NZ)  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  Includes contacts for support groups throughout NZ)

UpToDate Patient website 

Web Directory : Health (National Library NZ)  Comprehensive listing of web sites, including societies and associations, and sources of information on specific diseases and disorders.



Alcohol/Drug/Gambling   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