New cervical screening test is a game changer

There is now a simple and quick swab that people can do themselves, instead of the smear test (officially called the HPV primary screening test). The swab detects the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes more than 95% of cervical cancers. It’s so much easier and catching cervical … Read more

Whakamōhiotanga whānui | Overall summary

In this report, we shine a light on the practice of admitting young people (aged 12 to 17 years) to adult inpatient mental health services (adult services) in Aotearoa New Zealand. The 2018 Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction heard concerns about the practice of admitting young people to adult … Read more

Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the membranes that cover the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). It can affect anyone – but it’s more common in children under the age of 5, teenagers and young adults. Students in their first … Read more

Te Whatu Ora: Your health this winter

There are many things we can do to keep ourselves, our whānau and others well this winter:  Be prepared, just in case.   Check you have everything you need to stay well including prescriptions and medicines.  Talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or health practitioner about your eligibility for COVID antiviral medicines. … Read more

Feeling all sorts of emotions is normal in difficult times

Going through a natural disaster can be stressful and scary, and right now, you may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, tired, angry, hōhā, sad, or something else entirely. However you’re feeling, it’s perfectly normal. If you can, take things day by day or hour by hour, and remember you’re doing the … Read more

Dental treatment – Work and Income

If you’re on a low income or benefit, we may be able to help you pay for immediate and essential dental treatment. Immediate and essential dental treatment includes treatment such as fillings and extractions, but not periodic cleaning or check-ups. See more examples in the ‘What you can get’ section. … Read more

Ka whakahuatau te rangatahi mō te Toiora / Youth wellbeing insights report

Young people speak out about Wellbeing: An insights report into the Wellbeing of Rangatahi Māori and other Young People in Aotearoa This report grows our collective understanding of the systems and determinants that affect rangatahi Māori and young people’s wellbeing, which in turn, influences mental health. It elevates the voices … Read more

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine

Of all diseases, measles is one of the most dangerous and contagious. It’s so infectious that, if you’re not vaccinated and come into contact with someone who has measles, you’re very likely to catch it and pass it on to others. Measles spreads through coughing and sneezing. It can cause … Read more


Symptoms Prodrome, can include: Day 3 to 7 of illness A generalised maculopapular rash, starting on the head and neck and then spreading to the rest of the body. Notify public health immediately Notify the Medical Officer of Health as soon as you suspect measles – do not wait for … Read more

Breastfeeding. Naturally.

All expectant and new mums, whether its your first baby or your 10th! Partners, families, whanau, aiga and other supporters who play a role in supporting and encouraging mums to breastfeed. Maternity carers and other health professionals and support groups who have a role in supporting and encouraging mums to … Read more