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Although the Agewell website has many links to other sites this page has a list of links mainly to other community groups and organisations which may be of interest to seniors and which may not fit in with specific topics on this site. If you are searching for a specific organisation or condition try typing in the following: www.then the name of organisation or condition then .org.nz.  For example www.ageconcern.org.nz or www.stroke.org.nz - you will more than likely find what you are looking for.  Happy surfing.


New Zealand Websites

Health and Injury Prevention Websites

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New Zealand Websites

Health and Injury Prevention Websites

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have a number of ideas, suggestions, information and statistics on their website regarding falls for older people.     View ACC's website  You can also access other information including driving for mature road users, back injury prevention, safety for children, OOS (Occupational Overuse Syndrome) prevention, and injury prevention for Maori and Pacific peoples.

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ANA:  Agencies for Nutrition Action – Ngā Takawaenga Hāpai Kai Hauora (ANA), is an incorporated society established in 1992.  Their mission is to work cooperatively with relevant sectors to help New Zealanders improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity. 

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District Health Boards NZ:   District health boards (DHBs) are responsible for providing or funding the provision of health services in their district. For more information or to view information on your local dhb visit the Ministry of Health website

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The Family Doctor website provides information on a variety of health conditions and complaints.  The articles are written by doctors in New Zealand and there is an excellent section on 'Elderly Health' that details topics ranging from cholesterol, to glaucoma, to Parkinson's Disease and many more.

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Family and Community Services - NZ Government websiteThe Ministry of Social Development has, with the active support of local authorities, community organisations and DHBs around the country, assembled a database of services and programmes that support families."Services" might include information, advice, delivery of specific services such as counselling, assessment, well child and/or clinical services, support or mentoring, rehabilitation, co-ordination of these various services (where a multiple approach is necessary). "Programmes" might include, for example, parenting programmes, training or education courses, residential programmes. They do not propose listing agencies that do not provide services and programmes, but simply lobby or advocate.  Nor will the database (certainly initially) have information easily found in the phonebook such as addresses of doctors, midwives, hospitals, nursing homes, child-care services, schools, or homes for the aged. www.familyservices.govt.nz (National Directory).  

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The Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre is the web based resource sponsored by the Ministry of Health to identify and serve as a central repository of best practices innovations, new evidence and learning and to make New Zealand related research more accessible to clinicians, providers and researchers. Included on the site is the Knowledge Library which currently holds over 3000 literature abstracts and information on related research projects.

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The New Zealand Health Information Service (NZHIS) is a group within the Ministry of Health responsible for the collection and dissemination of health-related data.

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Healthline is a free telephone health information service that assesses a caller’s health needs and gives information and advice to assist someone on the type of health care they need.  The Healthline call centre is staffed by registered nurses.  The nurses do not diagnose or treat health problems over the phone but can advise the most appropriate level of care for each caller.  The number to call is 0800 611 116.

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Healthpoint is a tool that allows doctors, patients and caregivers to access local information about what to expect prior to, during and following a referral to secondary/tertiary medical healthcare services.The information about a service is approved and regularly reviewed by clinicians from that individual service.Healthpoint provides information about:the general location e.g. where to go, how to get there, where to park, available services the appointment e.g. what to expect during a specific assessment or procedure the consultants working in that service including: contact details, qualifications, subspecialties (some organisations do not provide this information) surgical service information e.g who operates where and which surgical procedures are performed there other useful information including: patient rights, support groups, government organisations. 

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The  Health Promotion Forum is an excellent resource for health promotion in New Zealand - and answers the questions "what is health promotion?" and "what is happening in New Zealand?". 

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Health and Disability Commissioner website:  The Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 was established to provide standards of care in New Zealand. The Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights include respect, fair treatment, dignity and independence, appropriate standards, effective communication, information, choice and consent, support, rights during teaching and research and having your complaints taken seriously. Everyone using a health and disability service has the protection of these rights.   An independent Commissioner promotes and protects these rights under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994.  Independent Advocates are also available to support consumers to uphold their rights under this Act. 

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Health Literacy New Zealand is a website that provides free comprehensive information about health literacy and associated resources for a range of groups working in the health sector and adult literacy in New Zealand. The website also outlines consulting services Workbase can provide to develop your health literacy initiatives.

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Health Navigator New Zealand website is a collaborative, non-profit initiative led by clinicians and consumers in response to the need for a central place to find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources. Instead of having to remember multiple websites or rely on search engines, you can remember one and be linked through to the rest.

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Independent Living Service is a not-for-profit, community focused organisation committed to making daily living easier for people with impairments, their families/whanau and support networks. They have a very useful website with information and disability aids and run information and workshop sessions for older people and older chinese.

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Injury Prevention:  The website looks at injury prevention, and offers a wealth of topics, papers, and journal articles and research.  Well worth the look. Also try the Injury Prevention Resource Unit at Otago University. The website looks various topics related to Injury Prevention, and as the latest statistics on Injury Prevention in New Zealand.  

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The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies aims to deliver independent, high quality and high impact research that informs the policy-making process and influences policy development and implementation across a number of significant areas. In January 2010 it took over the work assoicated with the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing.

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Māori Health seeks to provide information About Māori Health and highlight the policies, programmes and people Addressing Māori Health.   The Māori philosophy towards health is based on a wellness or holistic health model. For many Māori the major deficiency in modern health services is taha wairua (spiritual dimension).
Māori health models include whare tapa whā : where the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health are whānau (family health) tinana (physical health) hinengaro (mental health) and wairua (spiritual health).

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At the Medical Council of New Zealand overseas trained doctors can find out how to get registered in New Zealand currently registered doctors can request services members of the public can find out about the standards for doctors in New Zealand and what to do if they have any concerns about treatment.

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Medsafe offers a wealth of information ranging from medicines, and medical safety.

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The Mental Health Foundation have a wide range of information on mental health/illness topics.  They have a very useful publication called 'Late Life Depression'. The Foundation offers a free nation-wide information service byTelephone 09 300 7030Fax  09 300 7020 In Auckland, a lending library is free and open to any member of the public at 81 New North Road.

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The Ministry of Health has a variety of resources available for you to peruse on line, search and read and order.  View the Ministry of Health website .

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NZGP Web Directory aims to provide a directory of relevant and informative medical websites for New Zealand General Practitioners and their Patients.


The New Zealand Association of Gerontology is a multi disciplinary organisation committed to understanding ageing and promoting the interests of older people, it aims are:

  • to promote study and quality research on ageing;
  • to encourage age-related training and continuing education;
  • to stimulate debate and action on improving the wellbeing of older people;
  • to actively contribute to public discussion and policy on ageing;
  • to provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas.

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The New Zealand Medical Association is the country’s leading professional medical organisation. Its members come from all disciplines within the medical profession and it is the largest doctors' organisation in New Zealand.  They have a variety of information that you can tape into.

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The Office for Disability Issues is situated within the Social Development Policy and Knowledge group of the Ministry of Social Development.   The main aim of the Office is to help bring about the vision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy. New Zealand will be inclusive when disabled people can say they live in a 'society that highly values our lives and continually enhances our full participation.'

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Medicines New Zealand is the industry association representing companies engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription medicines.

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Safekids is a service of Starship Children's Health, which works to keep children aged 0-14 years safe from preventable injury.  Kidsafe week is also promoted and supported through Age Concern Councils. 

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Specific Health Websites:  if you are looking for a specific health issue website, type in www. then the name of what you want followed by .org.nz or .uk or .au etc for different countries, also try .com For example www.ageconcern.org.nz or www.stroke.org.nz or www.alzheimers.org.nz  

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 Webhealth allows you to search for doctors, counselling, mental health support, medical services, community events, or current health information across New Zealand.

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The What Everyone Keeps Asking (W.E.K.A.) website is a New Zealand based website with a wide range of disability related information.

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 TheYes Disability Resource Centre provides community-based resources and services to people with disabilities, their family/whanau, support people and health professionals in North Shore City. Their aim is to give people information which enables them to make informed choices about their lives.

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Other New Zealand Websites of Interest

Age Concern New Zealand (www.ageconcern.org.nz): find out more about Age Concern around New Zealand. Some Age Concerns have their own webpages

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Aged Care Hub - www.agedcare.nz provides a local resource for ageing. The directory and list of resources will help you to find answers. It lists local health care providers along with contact details.

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The Carer's website provides a raft of health and disability information that carers need about such things as financial assistance, support services, and how to cope with medical and personal needs.

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The Mission Statement of the North Shore Centres of Mutual Aid is - "To provide companionship and activities to seniors who are isolated in the community".   They operate in Auckland City's North Shore and Hisbiscus Coast regions welcoming the over 65's for companionship, games, crafts, fun activities, gentle exercise and refreshments.

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Commission for Financial Capability role is to build financial capability to equip the retirees of today and tomorrow.  The website also links into the very useful Sorted site that helps you plan and sort out relevant money matters.

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The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (www.cab.org.nz) has launched a new website, making its database of national and local information available directly to people on the web.

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The Consumers Institute (www.consumer.org.nz) has been helping New Zealanders with independent consumer information since 1959.  From appliances, property, health to scams they have the latest for you. 

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The Eldernet  website gives a list of many of the community groups which may be of interest to older people.  The site also gives information about rest homes, retirement villages and private hospitals in New Zealand.

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Greypower has an interesting site which has a variety of information about its philosophy and various links to other websites for older people.

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Meetup
Meetups is neighbours getting together to learn something, do something, share something. It is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organise a local group or find one already meeting up face-to-face.

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 New Zealand INsite is a new bimonthly newspaper published by the aged care and retirement industry.  The Oct/Nov 2006 issue has articles on hip protectors; Dr Patricia Moore; Audit Workbook for Dementia Care Services; constipation; continence; baby boomer retirement buildings; insulin and Alzheimer's; columns from P Hodgson, S Goudie and Martin Taylor; and an article on Family Care magazine.

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Office for Senior Citizens is part of the Ministry of Social Development: the role of the Office of Senior Citizens is to:  lead, monitor and promote the Positive Ageing Strategy, provide policy advice on issues that affect older people, and lead strategic and cross-sectoral policy, and support the Minister for Senior Citizens. You can sign up for regular email updates via the Seniors Page on the Ministry of Social Development website

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Over (60) Sixty is a website for the over 60's that is dedicated to sharing ideas and providing a supportive community for New Zealanders over 60. It has a range of health, travel, lifestyle and financial information.

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Raeburn House is a community support resource and information centre.  They provide:       

  • Personal Development / Support Groups and Workshops.
  • individuals and communities the resources needed to find solutions to issues that impact on the health of the community

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SeniorNet  gives older adults an opportunity to get on the Internet and learn more about information technology. 

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Statistics New Zealand  gives an overview of older people in New Zealand, including Health Issues, Employment, Disability and type of residence. Statistics New Zealand has recently been  appointed New Zealand's Injury Information Manager, with the aim of combining all the available injury information to produce injury statistics that will be a basis for a more comprehensive system of monitoring and preventing injuries. 

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SuperSeniors
SuperSeniors website is run by the Office for Seniors through the Ministry of Social Development. It’s a place where seniors can access information they will find useful, relevant and enjoyable. It will have a whole host of information from getting out and about, cooking, health and wellbeing, to planning where you want to live. You can also subscribe to the SuperSeniors newsletter

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For those retired or about to retire, U3A provides an ideal environment in which to pursue new or existing interests. U3A Takapuna is an Incorporated Society and was formed in June 1991. They have about 300 members and more than 30 study groups currently operating.

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United Way was established internationally in 1887 and has operated in New Zealand since 1975.  Their vision is to improve quality of life through voluntary giving and action. They are an independent, non-religious, non-political, volunteer based organisation which works alongside individuals, businesses and the community, to provide funding assistance, volunteer time and necessary skills to help local human welfare charities. The National Patron is His Excellency The Governor General of New Zealand. 

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Australian Websites

Council on the Ageing (C.O.T.A) is an independent organisation run by older people. Its mission is to "protect and promote the well-being of all older people. 

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Health Information: this Australian website www.healthinformation.com.au  is an evidenced-based website that offers no medical advice but points people to further medical websites, both Orthodox and Natural, in Australia and Overseas.   After Loretta Marron, a retired Computer Professional was diagnosed with cancer, she and her GP put this site together for patients and their GP's. 

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Healthdirect contains a wealth of information of health issues and topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma.

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United Kingdom Websites

Age UK: in 2009 Help the Age and Age Concern England joined together to form Age UK.  Their website has a variety of information.

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The British Medical Journal website is well worth visiting for the latest medical research and studies.  Search on the site for topics of interest for you.

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United States of America Websites

Asbestos.com is a very informative website that provides information for patients and families affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.

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ConsumerAffairs.com is an independent Web-based consumer news and resource center, which is neither a government agency, nor affiliated with any other consumer organisation and not affiliated with any of the corporations whose products are reviewed on their site.

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Healthlinks is a resource site for healthcare consumers and professionals providing links to services and products, alternative health, education, dental and medical resources, hospitals, employment, healthcare publications, mental health and more. 

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Healthopedia  is a medical and health consumer information resource containing comprehensive information in patient-friendly language from trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focussed health centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications.

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Leiomyosarcoma is a form of cancer that involves some of the connective tissues of the body. For more information visit www.leiomyosarcoma.org

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The Mayo Clinic's award-winning consumer web site offers health information, and self-improvement and disease management tools. Their medical experts and editorial professionals bring you access to the knowledge and experience of Mayo Clinic for all of your consumer health information needs, from cancer, diabetes and heart disease to nutrition, exercise and pregnancy! 

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Mesothelioma Group provides well researched and accurate information about mesothelioma and its treatment. It also includes information for caregivers.

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Mesothelioma Help Now is a website that aims to educate and support mesothelioma patients. Information includes what is mesothelioma; treatments; who gets mesothelioma and a blog with up to date articles.

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Mesothelioma centre has a website Asbestos.com that offer help and hope to families affected by mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma Veterans Center - information for veterans who have contacted mesothelioma during their service

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The National Institute of Aging is an American site that contains research and health information on ageing.

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The SafeyLit website has an incredible database of website links and is a "must" to view for a variety of injury prevention resources for all ages.

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