Patient Services

Here are some of the services available in the health and disability sector in New Zealand:

Genetic Health Servicesprovide expert genetic diagnostic and genetic counselling services, as well as assistance, advice and education in managing genetic conditions. Their services are publicly funded for NZ residents as part of New Zealand’s public health system.

Ministry of Health Disability Support Services information on the role of Disability Support Services, the disability support services that are funded, current projects and programmes.

Your Guide to Disability Support Servicesa directory of general information, services and community support available for people who have a disability and their families.

Disability Support Guidedesigned to help parents and families of children and young people who have been recently diagnosed with a disability.

A Guide for Carers - offers practical help for people supporting family or friends who are older and need assistance, or who have a health condition, a disability, an injury or mental health, alcohol and drug issues.

The Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service -  offers free, independent, and confidential advice and support to help you resolve issues with health and disability services.

The Health Navigator - provides one place to find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-care resources.

KidsHealth - accurate and reliable information for NZ parents and whānau about the health and wellbeing of tamariki & rangatahi in Aotearoa.


Patient Resources

Here are some resources you may find useful:

CrowdMed - provides a collaborative approach for solving complex medical cases online. The extensive knowledge of our case-solving community allows patients to explore all possible medical diagnoses and solutions, providing clear paths for them to follow towards a cure.

AnxietyNZ Trust - provides a free and confidential helpline 24/7 for people of any age who experience all forms of anxiety, including Panic Attacks, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and to family or friends supporting someone with anxiety. 

Pain management webinar - Dr Buzz Burrell

Finding a needle in the haystack: a genetic diagnosis for a one-in-a-million condition webinar - Dr Louise Bicknell

Rare disorder support group advocacy webinar: email Kim for the recording link

Rare disorder support group media training webinar: email Kim for the recording link

Online Community Support

Rare Disorders NZ Facebook page - stay updated on our news and on important developments and events in the sector, both nationally and internationally.

Community Group on Facebook - for anyone in New Zealand with a rare disorder and their whānau to share stories and information, or just to connect with people going through similar experiences as yourself.

Facebook group specific to Māori - private group for Māori who live with a rare disorder and their whānau to share stories, information and experiences.