Health Services in Auckland

ADSA have provided the basic information on health services available in Auckland. We will be looking to develop this page over time and bring members interesting information and links related to health services in Auckland and health issues around Down syndrome generally.
Immunisation Information, article by Karin Batty, Registered Nurse and Dr Marguerite Dalton, Paediatrician Immunisation Advisory Centre
This article explains the National Immunisation Schedule and Special Programme vaccines that people with Down syndrome can have for free and other vaccines that they or their parents can consider purchasing privately. Information about Outreach Immunisation Services also provided.
Click here to read the article.
Health Passport Information
What is a Health Passport?
A  Health Passport is a booklet that you can carry with you when attending hospitals or other providers of health and disability services. A Health Passport contains information about how you want people to communicate with you and support you.

Introducing the Health Passport.
The Health and Disability Commissioner is working with District Health Boards (DHBs) throughout New Zealand to introduce the Health Passport into our hospitals.
To date there are now several DHBs where the Health Passport is fully integrated into use in hospitals as a key tool for patient care. HDC is working closely with other DHBs to introduce the Health Passport.
From 1 July 2013, HDC will be working directly with relevant community organisations to facilitate distribution of passports to consumers on a nationwide basis. Advocates from the Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service will assist HDC with the distribution of health passports in all rest homes and disability residential homes throughout the country.
You can now take your health passport to your local hospital irrespective of the region you live in.

Please read Getting the best out of your Health Passport for further useful information.

How do I get a Health Passport?
Go to the Health and Disability Commissioner website by clicking here and downloading the passport you require or order online: Go to our online shop (resources are free for consumers).

Completing your Health Passport.
If you need assistance with completing the passport, ask your support person or a member of your family to help you. The Guide to completing the passport provides helpful examples and explanations. Fill in as much or as little as you like - not all the information may apply to you.

For further information, or to provide feedback on the Health Passport, contact us on:
Freephone: 0800 11 22 33; or
Ministry of Health Disability Services
The Ministry of Health provides and administers a wide variety of disability services for example needs assessment and co-ordination, behaviour support services, home and community services, respite and carer support, supported living, child development services and more.

If you would like more information on the Ministry of Health Disability Services then please click here.

In Auckland the main number for the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services is 09 580 9000 or they can be found at
Level 3
Unisys Building
650 Great South Road
Auckland 1061
Child Development Teams
Each DHB across Auckland offers a Child Development Team for children with disabilities. Generally this team will oversee your childs' health and wellbeing from birth to 5 years old.

You should be linked into your local child development team via your lead healthcare provider, however referrals can be made by parent and caregivers, community workers, medical or educational personnel. If your baby is well and has no health issues at birth you may not be referred to the Child Development Team until later on (for example at the 6 week check). If you are not referred for any reason you can contact the Child Development Team in your area to make a referral yourself.

The Child Development Team will provide assessment and services across the following areas – physical development, learning, speech and language, feeding, specialized equipment. The team includes – community health workers, dietitians, OT’s, physiotherapists, SLT’s and social workers.

While the Child Development Team will oversee your child until age 5, approaching pre-school age the Child Development Team will link in with Group Special Education to ensure co-ordination and access to education services, early childhood educators and support workers.

Contact details for the Child Development Teams in Auckland are below -

Auckland Child Development Team
Ph 09 639 0213
214 Green Lane West
One Tree Hill
Auckland 1051

Click here to go to Starship Paediatric Community Child Health and Disability Service - Child Development Team.

Counties Manukau (Kidz First Child Development team)
Phone (09) 263 0792 (extension 0)
95 Wiri Station Road
Manukau 2104

Click here to go to Kidz First Child Development Service.

Waitakere/ North Shore / Rodney Child Development Team

Child Development Team - West
Phone: 09 837 6624
Fax: 09 837 6660

Child Development Team – North
Phone: 09 447 0100
Fax: 09 415 7320

Child Development Team - Rodney
Phone: 09 422 2700

Click here to go to Waitemata DHB Child Development Services.
Child's Play OT
Child’s Play OT is a small pediatric private OT clinic. We specialise in Sensory Integration (SI) for children (and adults) that struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Some of the issues that may be present are fine motor issues, gross motor issues, pre-writing and handwriting issues, visual perception issues, self-care issues and problems with emotional control, anxiety and social stresses, difficulty in riding a bike or to swim, picky eaters, struggle with change, constantly moving, and trouble concentrating and chew everything. We also see many children with Autism, Dyspraxia, Asperger’s, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, ADD etc.

We also offer a Developmental screening test which is a 20 minute assessment of the child, to assess why they are being ‘left behind’ from their peers at school.
Ohomairangi Trust Early Intervention Service
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari, he toa takitini.
Our achievements are not ours alone, but belong to the many.
Ohomairangi Trust provides early intervention services across the Auckland region for children between 0-5 years who:
  • are developmentally delayed
  • have communication difficulites
  • experience behaviour difficulties
  • have a physical and/or cognitive disability
  • require social and/or emotional support
Children who require support in at least three of the areas above are able to access Ohomairangi Trust’s services.
Ohomairangi Trust is a Not-for-Profit organization that delivers its services using a kaupapa Maori approach. We are committed to working together with families to support children to reach their potential through participation in, and being included in, their communities. We aim to support whanau/families to make informed decisions, gain knowledge, skills and confidence and exercise tino rangitiratanga.
We welcome any family, Maori or non-Maori , who would like their support to be provided using a kaupapa Maori approach.
Ohomairangi Trust
95, Wiri Station Rd, Manukau
09 263 0798
Starship – Family Information Service
Starship Children's Health provides a free service to families who are looking for information on children's medical conditions and disabilities. The Family Information Service, located on Level Three of Starship near the Outpatient Department, is a free service that provides families / whanau / caregivers with up-to-date, easy-to-read consumer health information on children's medical conditions and disabilities, including support group contact details.  As parents / caregivers and members of the extended family / whanau, you are welcome to use this free service. No referral is required, though health professionals may also request information on your behalf, if you so wish. Information is available on:
  • Medical conditions and treatment
  • Disabilities, genetic conditions
  • Hospitalisation
  • Support groups
  • Coping with death and illness
  • Parenting issues relating to children with health problems or disabilities
  • Mental health issues
Telephone Starship Family Information Sevice on 09 307 4955 or email

Click here to be taken to their website.
Ministry of Health Spectacles Subsidy for Children Fifteen Years and Younger
This subsidy is for the provision of Disability Support Services assistance for children with vision problems in low-income families. The five areas that can be accessed under the subsidy are:
  • Examination
  • Frames
  • Lenses
  • Eye patches
  • Repairs
Optometrists or Ophthalmologists that are registered with Enable New Zealand will undertake the examination, the prescription, and the completion of the Spectacles Subsidy application form.

Please check out eligibility criteria here

The subsidy amount is $287.50 (including GST). A further $51.11 (including GST) is available for children that require an adult size frame. The Spectacles Subsidy is paid directly to the provider of the examination or glasses. The provider then deducts the subsidy amount from their client's account.

For more information contact
Enable New Zealand
PO Box 4547
Palmerston North
Facsimile (0800) 171996



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