Our doctors recommend the following websites which are useful and reliable resources.

Health education and support organisations

Alcoholics Anonymous – if you find problem drinking, binge drinking, drinking blackouts or other alcohol problems are affecting  your life and that of your friends and family, Alcoholics Anonymous may have the solution for you

Alzheimers Society Otago – contact details for the Alzheimers Society Otago

Arthritis New Zealand – is a voluntary organisation which represents the interests of those with arthritis

Asthma Foundation – we provide resources on our website and support our 17 affiliated Asthma Societies in providing education, support and advice

Cancer Society the Cancer Society of New Zealand is the leading organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for everyone in New Zealand.

CanTeen – supporting young people living with cancer. If you, or a brother or sister are aged between 13 and 24 and have been diagnosed with cancer, CanTeen is for you.

Coeliac New Zealand – Coeliac New Zealand is a not for profit organisation supporting those diagnosed with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis who must eat a life-long gluten free diet. We assist, promote and educate regarding the disease and collaborate with gluten free manufacturers, medical professionals and support research into coeliac disease.

Diabetes New Zealand – the aim of the organisation is to support its 14,000 members, 39 diabetes societies throughout New Zealand, and health professionals involved with diabetes

Disability Information Service – a charitable organisation offering health and disability services, advice and equipment to the people of Otago for over 25 years, helping join the dots, source resources and removing barriers to independence.

Epilepsy New Zealand we want to live in a society where everyone understands epilepsy and where attitudes are based on fact not fiction

Heart Foundation we help people affected by heart disease,  fund research,  help people make healthy living choices and run programmes to encourage Kiwi heart health

La Lache League – La Leche League is run by mothers for mothers. Whether you’re pregnant or already breastfeeding, you’ll find great support and ideas at La Leche League

Lifeline Aotearoa – Lifeline Aotearoa’s helpline and textline provide 24/7, confidential support from qualified counsellors and trained volunteers.

Quitline – if you are thinking about quitting, are working to become a non-smoker, or you have relapsed – you will find support information on this site and through Quitline

Seniorline – A free information service to help older folk and their families navigate the health system to make decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, home care, day care and rest homes.

Southern Stop Smoking Service – free service offering community group clinics and one-on-one support with mobile site coaches.

Government organisations 

ACC  –  New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation

Breast Screen Aotearoa – for information on the New Zealand breast screening programme

Child, Youth and Family (CYFS) – we help families help themselves. We believe all children belong in families that will love and nurture them. We team up with many different groups and people so that families have the support they need to help their children thrive

Health & Disability Commissioner – promoting and protecting the rights of health and disability services consumers, and facilitating the fair, simple, speedy, and efficient resolution of complaints

Ministry of Health the Government’s principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders

PHARMAC – the Pharmaceutical Management Agency of New Zealand, working to improve New Zealanders’ access to, and optimal use of, medicines

Southern District Health Board – the Southern District Health Board (DHB) is New Zealand’s southern most planner, funder and provider of public hospital and health services

Southern Primary Health Organisation – the Southern PHO aims to develop and provide support mechanisms and programmes for primary care that will deliver better health outcomes for the people of Otago and Southland

Other useful links

Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora – a health, education and social service provider working  specifically with people of Maori and Pacific Island descent

Embarrassing Problems – practical health information on embarassing  medical problems that are difficult to discuss

Green Prescription –  is an activity programme  run by Sport Otago, designed to kick-start your physical activity levels

KidsHealth –  is a joint initiative between the Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand providing information about children’s health

Otago Midwives – enabling women in the Otago area easier access to midwives

Travel Doctor  – the goal of The Travel Doctor is to promote safe and healthy travel. We have up to date international health advice and medical services to those intending to travel abroad

For a full directory of medical service agencies please go to NZGP Web Directory