Qual­ity ru­ral health ser­vices

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By LIND­SAY TISCH Waikato MP

One in four New Zealan­ders live in ru­ral ar­eas or small towns and there is a greater per­cent­age of chil­dren, older peo­ple and Maori liv­ing in these ar­eas.

En­sur­ing qual­ity ser­vices in ru­ral ar­eas is there­fore a gov­ern­ment pri­or­ity.

Na­tion­wide, health ser­vices are pro­vided through 20 district health boards 46 pri­mary health or­gan­i­sa­tions and through many ru­ral hos­pi­tals.

Some of the many ser­vices avail­able to ru­ral New Zealan­ders are:

Mo­bile ser­vices Mo­bile breast-screen­ing Mo­bile oral health clin­ics Mo­bile sur­gi­cal ser­vices Psy­chi­atric outreach ser­vices and com­mu­nity psy­chi­atric nurses are avail­able in many dis­tricts

Cri­sis as­sess­ment treat­ment teams

The Na­tional As­sis­tance Scheme In-home ser­vices Wel­lChild ser­vices pro­vide free par­ent­ing ad­vice Pri­mary ma­ter­nity

Tele­phone help lines and on­line sup­port Health­line 0800 611 116 Kid­shealth.org ( www.kid­shealth.org)

Let’s talk 0800 825 583 is a



teeth free ser- vice for 0 to 18-year-olds that pro­vides ba­sic oral health in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­rals

Plun­ketLine 0800 933 922 for free ad­vice on par­ent­ing and child health

Quit­line Quit. org. nz (www.quit.org.nz) for in­for­ma­tion and re­sources on quit­ting smok­ing.

The Al­co­hol Drug Helpline 0800 787 787. ADANZ web­sites ( www. adanz. org. nz and www.ad­dic­tion­shelp.org.nz)

The Na­tional De­pres­sion Ini­tia­tive web­sites (www.de­pres­sion.org.nz and Th­eLow­down.co.nz)

0800 778 778

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