Help In The Community – Health

The following is a compilation of support, advice, assistance and activities available for individual children and their families that is available from various public and private organisations in the community.

Please Click on the headings below to follow link. This will give you a brief description of information you will find on each website.


  1. Care Plus  
  2. Carer Support
  3. CCS – Mobility Parking Permit Scheme
  4. Disability Resource Centre Auckland Inc.
  5. KiwiAble Leisure Card – Christchurch only
  6. Ministry of Health
  7. National Travel Assistance
  8. Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination – Auckland & Northland only
  9. New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres
  10. New Zealand Rheumatology Association
  11. Orthotic Centre
  12. Parent to Parent
  13. Patient’s Rights
  14. Pharmac – Practical tips for giving medicine to kids
  15. Prescriptions
  16. Teenagers Health

1. Care Plus

Care Plus is a primary health care initiative targeting people with high health needs due to chronic conditions, acute medical or mental health needs, or terminal illness. Care Plus aims to improve chronic care management, reduce inequalities, improve primary health care teamwork and reduce the cost of services for high-need primary health users.

Talk to your GP about the ‘Care Plus‘ scheme. 6 visits to your GP relating to your child’s health in the last 6 months, or 2 acute admissions to hospital in 12 months are acceptable criteria for access to benefits.   The benefits vary from practice to practice.  (this could include free visits/health checks, to special funding toward things that would help your child’s physical health, e.g. gym/pool concessions

2. Carer Support

Carer support is a subsidy funded by the Ministry of Health to assist the unpaid, full-time carer of a disabled person to take a break from caring for that person.

3. CCS – Mobility Parking Permit Scheme

The Mobility Parking Permit Scheme is an officially recognised concession-parking scheme that supports people to have more access in their communities.

The application will need a specialist’s signature. Talk to your health professional about this. For more information and application forms go to Mobility Parking at CCS.

4. Disability Resource Centre Auckland Inc.

Free information and advice is given to assist you in making informed decisions on accessing Disability services.

DRC is Auckland’s largest disability information and advisory Centre. We have specialised databases and up-to-date reference material on all issues relating to disability.  Our Information Consultants also have extensive knowledge and experience in the availability of health and community services in the Auckland region. These include Education, Employment, Financial Support, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Transport and Mobility.

5. KiwiAble Leisure Card – Christchurch only

The KiwiAble Leisure Card is an initiative of Christchurch City Council, Recreation and Sports Unit. It aims to help reduce the cost of participating in recreation, sport and leisure facilities, movies, and movie hire at Video Ezy.  The card is for disabled people and a support person.  It also includes taxi chits that can cover half the cost up to maximum of $15.00 per trip, on 5 essential taxi trips per month.

6. Ministry of Health

Has links to NZ hospital information on common medications

7. National Travel Assistance

If you are eligible for travel assistance, you may be able to claim for kilometres travelled by private car, public transport, accommodation, and specialised transport (such as taxis, mobility taxis, or air travel).


8. Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination – Auckland & Northland

Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) helps people get the support they need to be as independent as possible in their home or community. It is often called “the Gateway” to Government-funded disability support services.

Services may include help with personal support, meals, household management, carer support, day programmes, and the support provided by rest homes and private hospitals.

9. New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres

The Federation nationally promotes and supports the local provision of generic disability information and referral services that are community integrated, needs driven and focused on achieving the aims of the New Zealand Disability Strategy Document.

10. New Zealand Rheumatology Association

This site is intended to help facilitate communication between members of the NZRA and improve public understanding of arthritis.

11. Orthotic Centre

Our Orthotic Centres in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill and Wellington deliver clinical services to private and ACC clients, and each Centre is a contracted provider to the local district health boards (DHBs).

Our clinical team conduct assessment, measurement, casting, and fitting of custom-made or prefabricated orthoses and orthotic footwear.

12. Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent is a support and information network for parents of children with special needs. Support is provided voluntarily by Trained Support Parents who have a child with the same or similar needs.

13. Patient’s Rights

All patients in New Zealand have certain rights when receiving a health or disability service.

14. Pharmac – Practical tips for giving medicine to kids

The brochure ‘Practical tips for giving medicine to kids’ is available in multiple languages, for download or for free ordering. Click here for ‘Practical tips of giving medicine to kids’

15. Prescriptions

From 1 January 2013, the amount you contribute towards the cost of your medication increased to $5 per new prescription item. Prescriptions for children under six are still free. If your medicine is not fully subsidised, there may be an additional cost.

By using a Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card, no person or family need pay more than an extra $40 per year for their new prescription items as a result of this change. They will pay a maximum of $100 on prescription charges in any one year.

Make sure you fill all prescriptions from the same pharmacy, or retain proof of the number of items filled, so once you reach 20 items your whole family can benefit from a subsidy for the rest of the year.

16. Teenagers Health

Learn more about eating well, dealing with health risks such as drugs, body piercing and tattooing, and handling life pressures that includes stress of anger, conflict, violence, bullying, peer pressure, grief and loss.  It also covers positive thinking, self-acceptance and good communication.