The following groups may be able to provide additional support and guidance when you require healthcare and support services.

Government Health-Related

Ministry of Health (MoH) - The Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for the health and disability system.

Local District Health Boards (DHB's) -  District Health Boards plan, manage, provide and purchase health and disability services in their district including primary care, public health services, and aged care.

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) - The Accident Compensation Corporation provides support if you've been injured.

Needs Assessment Service Coordination

Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC's) are contracted to DHB's and the MOH to work with people to identify their support needs and inform them what support services are available.

Cultural Support

Some support may be available through groups affiliated with particular cultures, religions or communities.

Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to give contacts for local Maori and Pacific Health Advisors.

Foundations and Societies

There are a wide range of foundations and societies, most charitable, that assist people who have particular health or disability support needs in many ways.

Alzheimers New Zealand - Support, information and contacts for people with dementia and their carers, family and whānau and community.

Arthritis New Zealand - The national voluntary organisation, which represents the interests of those with arthritis.

Asthma Society - Your local asthma society can help with information and support.

CCS Disability Action - Works with and supports all people with a disability in order that they have the same access to relationships, learning, recreation, work and community as everyone else.

Cancer Society - Supports people with cancer, their family/whānau and friends; a range of services are provided by the regional divisions and centres.

Cystic Fibrosis Association - The Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand has been operating for over thirty years to improve the lives of cystic fibrosis sufferers and their families, and offers a range of support.

Diabetes New Zealand - Represents people with diabetes, offering support and education.

Muscular Distrophy Association (MDA) - provides New Zealanders living with neuromuscular conditions personal support and information, and advocates, influences and promotes equality of opportunity.

Stroke Foundation - The Stroke Foundation network provides information, understanding, care, support and rehabilitation for people who suffered a stroke, their families and caregivers.

Parkinson's New Zealand - offers education, information and support to people living with Parkinsonism conditions, their caregivers, friends, families and health professionals.


Special assistance is available for returned servicemen. For example, you may be entitled to funded home support.

Veterans Affairs New Zealand - Deliver services to veterans and act as their advocates on a wide range of issues relating to veterans' entitlements, care and recognition.

Rannerdale Veterans' Care - Is a well established not-for-profit organisation providing home-based support and residential care in the Christchurch and wider Canterbury area.

Government Departments

Government departments may be able to provide advice, guidance or support.

Work and Income New Zealand (Te Hiranga Tangata) - Work and Income New Zealand offers a range of assistance to support individuals and families.

Ministry of Social Development (Te Manatu Whakahiato Ora) - The Ministry of Social Development offers a number of different services for seniors, disabled people, and children and young people.


Access works closely with a number of organisations with shared aims in order to extend the reach of both organisations and ultimately benefit clients.

Green Cross Health - a primary healthcare provider delivering integrated healthcare solutions to New Zealanders. It represents around 300 community pharmacies under the Life Pharmacy and Unichem brands, 49 medical centres, community nursing and, home health care.

St John - A major international charity working to improve the health and wellbeing of people in over 40 countries. St John's mission is to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and act to enhance the health and wellbeing of all people throughout NZ.

Rural Women New Zealand - Offers support and friendship for women with an interest in the land and rural issues. This includes providing an integrated quality care service, in association with other health professionals, to all parts of New Zealand.

Carers New Zealand - Carers New Zealand is a national registered charity which provides information, advice, learning and support for families with health and disability needs. They provide particular support for those assisting with the care of their loved ones at home.