Quality rural health services
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