Health professionals

Are you supporting a patient with both clinical and special support needs?

Clinical care needs


Provides locally agreed information to help you make clinical decisions at the point of care.


Provides health information for the general public that is specific to Canterbury. 

Includes printable factsheets and descriptions of local health services and support.

Wellbeing & mental health

Encourage patients to call or text 1737 any time, day or night, to speak to a trained counsellor for free.

HealthPathways: Mental health pathwaysopen_in_new

Provides pathways on topics such as anxiety, depression, post-earthquake mental health, suicide prevention, and mental health requests. Includes a specific section for Child and Youth Mental Health.

Canterbury Charity Hospitalopen_in_new

Offers a free counselling service with professionally trained counsellors and psychologists.

All Right?open_in_new

Provides tips for coping with a disaster.

Financial & everyday needs

0800 Government Helpline

Patients can call 0800 779 997 for help or information, or simply to be put in touch with the right people. They can also email

Work and Income NZopen_in_new

Can assist with:

  • urgent or unexpected costs.
  • loss of income due to inability to work.
  • emergency benefit.
  • housing concerns, whether you are unable to access your own home or are providing accommodation to others.

Cultural sensitivity

See Cultural Awareness for information and resources on working with patients in a culturally sensitive and supportive way.