Community Services Card and Zero Fees for Under 14s

This information comes from the TAS website and is designed to support DHBs, PHOs and general practices implement the new subsidies for Community Services Card (CSC) holders and 13 year olds.

What are the Changes?

From 1 December 2018, several changes will take place to provide people with greater access to primary care. The changes are part of Budget 2018 and include:

Rainbow Mental Health Support Experiences: A Community-Based Study

Below is a link to a survey about queer, trans, and intersex mental health support experiences in Aotearoa. This is part of a wider project aiming to understand and improve mental health services for rainbow community members. This survey takes most people about 20 minutes to complete

Mental Health Resources and Advice

The series 13 Reasons Why that screened last year, was widely watched by young people. It explored topics of suicide, sexual assault, bullying and other issues that are more commonly experienced by young people.

The Mental Health Foundation shared some proactive resources and advice for parents in the anticipation of the release.  Please click onto the website link below to access these.


WDHB asks how safe is your home?

10 April 2018

To mark April Falls Month, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging Whanganui residents to ask themselves how safe their home is, given that many things we look at every day could be potential hazards that lead to a fall.

WDHB director of nursing and Patient Safety and Quality general manager Sandy Blake says “while the risk of falling increases with age, the good news is – we can all do something about it”.

WDHB encourages Whanganui residents to think about their end-of-life care

3 April 2018 

To mark Advance Care Planning Day on Thursday 5 April, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is asking Whanganui residents to think about, and talk about, their end-of-life care and what matters to them.

WDHB social worker Lillian Chamberlain says no matter what a person’s age or state of health, it’s never too early to start talking about the care you’d like if you could no longer make decisions for yourself.

This includes talking about:

Steady As You Go classes remain a 'hit' with the older population

3 April 2018

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Age Concern Wanganui will celebrate April Falls Month with a call for people aged 65-plus to enrol in Steady As You Go classes.

Age Concern Steady As You Go coordinator Janet Lewis, says Age Concern Wanganui is delighted with the level of interest older people are showing in the Steady As You Go strength and balance programme.

While most participants are in their 80s, the class has had members aged 100 and even older.

Whanganui issues mumps warning

8 November  

Whanganui now has three confirmed cases of mumps – two adults and one child who have been notified to the Public Health Centre.

Whanganui medical officer of health Patrick O’Connor says more than 900 cases of mumps have now been notified across New Zealand with most in Auckland, and most in the 15 to 24 age group.

Mumps is caused by a virus which can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or passes it on through their saliva when kissing or sharing food and drink. Antibiotics will not treat the infection or prevent spread.

WDHB board members get behind Switch to Water campaign

24 October 2017 

They know it’s not going to be easy, but Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) board members Stuart Hylton and Dame Tariana Turia are committed to drinking water only to support next month’s Switch to Water campaign.

The New Zealand Dental Association is challenging the public to drink water only, for 30 days in November, in the hope it will encourage participants to carry on doing so once the challenge ends.