Health/Disability & Community information

The following links provide excellent information and resources. We will be adding to this list including local and national information and contact centres.


National Links

The Federation of Disability Information Centres: call 0800 693 342 to connect to your nearest Centre

The Federation of Disability Information Centres: call 0800 693 342 to connect to your nearest Centre

Weka - Disability Information: call 0800 362 253 for Information

Weka - Disability Information: call 0800 362 253 for Information

The New Zealand Disability Strategy

www.nzds.govt.nz

Human Rights Commission

www.hrc.co.nz

Health and Disability Commission

www.hdc.org.nz

Office for Disability Issues

www.odi.govt.nz

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

www.privacy.org.nz

Disabled Persons Assembly

www.dpa.org.nz

Ministry of Health Disability Services

http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-service

WINZ Disability allowance

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/disability-allowance.html

My Care - Home Based Help

https://www.mycare.co.nz/

Manawanui Individualised Funding Support

http://www.incharge.org.nz/

Oyster Accessible Travel NZ

http://www.oyster.co.nz

Local Community Links

Health & Social Services Empowering Whanau to achieve Whanau Ora

Hokitika Office:

17 Sewell Street
Hokitika, 7810

Free Call: 0800 333170
Tel: (03) 755 6572
Fax: (03) 755 6578

Mawhera Office:

37 Albert Mall
Greymouth

Free Call: 0800 333170
Tel: (03) 7556572

Kawatiri Office:

The Denniston Room
Buller Hospital
Westport

Free Call: 0800 333 170
Tel: (03) 7897551
Fax: (03) 7897548

Office hours:

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Email: enquiries@poutiniwaiora.co.nz

http://www.poutiniwaiora.co.nz/

Local Community Links

Greymouth Region

Telephone: 03 768-0481
Fax: 03 768-9625
Email: 

Buller & Reefton Region

Telephone: 03 788-9030 ext 8701
Fax: 03 788-8221
Email:

LIFELINKS - UNDER 65 NASC DISABILITY SUPPORTS

Phone: (03) 365 9593

Toll Free Phone:0800 866 877

Fax:(03) 365 5244

Email: Administration: office@lifelinks.co.nz
Referrals: referrals@lifelinks.co.nz
Community Liaison: community@lifelinks.co.nz

 

Options West Coast - Greymouth

Options is a vocational service for people aged 16 - 65 who are not case managed. The aim of the service is to support clients into vocational, educational or natural supports in the community.

Tel: (03) 768 5199

Fax: (03) 768 0524

Website: http://www.pactgroup.co.nz

Options West Coast - Westport

Options is a vocational service for people aged 16 - 65 who are not case managed. The aim of the service is to support clients into vocational, educational or natural supports in the community.

Tel: (03) 789 6519

Fax: (03) 768 0524

Website: http://www.pactgroup.co.nz

 

Workbridge - Greymouth

Workbridge is a government funded agency established in 1990 to promote equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Tel: (03) 768 0225

Fax: (03) 768 0226

Freephone: (0508) 85 8858

Email: davidw@workbridge.co.nz

Website: http://www.workbridge.co.nz

 

Access Homehealth - Greymouth

Nationwide provider of urban and rural homecare services which include home help, personal care, home nursing and meal preparation.

Tel: (03) 768 9997

Fax: (03) 768 9944

Freephone: (0800) 16 1444

Email: greymouth@access.org.nz

Website: http://www.access.org.nz

CCS Disability Action - Hokitika

Provides a range of direct client services including: field officer, social worker services, early childhood services, recreation and leisure programmes, adult training services, advocacy and self advocacy programmes and computer services. It also offers a parking scheme called Mobility Parking.

Tel: (03) 755 5329

Fax: (03) 755 5329

Freephone: (0800) 227 2255

Email: hokitika@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Website: http://www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz/regions/upper-south-island

Blind Foundation - Greymouth

Promotes the well being and independence of visually impaired people. Provides the support needed for them to achieve personal independence and fulfilment.

Tel: (03) 768 5693

Freephone: (0800) 24 3333

Email: general@rnzfb.org.nz

Website: http://www.rnzfb.org.nz

Cancer Society of NZ - Greymouth

Offers research, health promotion and support services relating to cancer.

Tel: (03) 768 9557

Fax: (03) 768 9587

Email: cansoc.west@minidata.co.nz

Website: http://www.cancersouth.org.nz

Group Special Education - Greymouth

Provides a service for students and children with special educational and developmental needs from birth to 21 years of age. Our professional staff includes; Advisors on Deaf Children, Early intervention Teachers, Psychologists, Speech Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Special Education Advisors.

Tel: (03) 768 7210

Fax: (03) 768 7550

Website: http://www.minedu.govt.nz

IDEA Services - Greymouth

Formerly IHC. (Intellectual Disability Empowerment Association IDEA). Assists people with an intellectual disability to represent their interests and establish themselves in the community. Also keeps people informed about issues, lobbys the Government on right issues, supports families in accessing rights.

Tel: (03) 768 7873

Fax: (03) 768 4851

Website: http://www.idea.org.nz

IDEA Services - Westport

Formerly IHC. (Intellectual Disability Empowerment Association IDEA). Assists people with an intellectual disability to represent their interests and establish themselves in the community. Also keeps people informed about issues, lobbys the Government on right issues, supports families in accessing rights.

Tel: (03) 788 8280

Fax: (03) 788 8281

Website: http://www.idea.org.nz

Inangahua Childrens Trust - Reefton

This was formerly NZCCS, providing a range of direct client services.

Tel: (03) 732 8525

Fax: (03) 732 8098

Website: http://www.ccs.org.nz

Greymouth Activity Centre - Greymouth

Provides vocational, educational, physical and recreational activities for people who have psychiatric and/or intellectual disabilities.

Tel: (03) 768 7263

Arthritis New Zealand - West Coast Service Centre

Offers a range of services for people affected by arthritis through its programmes in health, welfare, education and research. Also offers Arthritis Educator consultation support group meetings and opportunities for immersion exercises.

Tel: (03) 768 7254

Fax: (03) 768 7296

Email:  yvonne.anisy@arthritis.org.nz

Website: http://www.arthritis.org.nz

Polio NZ Inc - West Coast Support Group

(Formerly Post Polio Support Society of NZ) Provides information and support for people who have had Polio and may be experiencing the late effects of Polio (Post Polio Syndrome). Contact:Patsy Bell 

Tel: (03) 755 7172

Freephone: (0800) 47 6546

Email: info@polio.org.nz

Website: http://www.polio.org.nz

Adventure New Zealand - Greymouth

Offers wheelchair tours and tours for disabilities. Specialises in designing tours to meet mobility needs. Has an extensive array of activities, accommodation and places to see that suit people with various mobility needs.

Tel: (03) 768 6649

Fax: (03) 768 9149

Freephone: (0508) 28 6877

Email: paul@fun-nz.com

Crohn's Colitis Support Group - West Coast/Buller

Offers support and companionship to people who have Crohn's or related inflammatory bowel disease.

C/- Graham Bill

Tel: (03) 755 7277

Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ Inc - The Canterbury Branch

We provide practical support, specialist information and life enhancing resources for people living with neuromuscular conditions and their whānau. We raise awareness of these rare conditions, providing education for health professionals, advocacy for care standards and facilitating access to research and emerging treatments. (Neuromuscular conditions is an umbrella term for muscle wasting conditions – we cover around 60 different conditions, many of which are genetic or inherited.)

Regional Branches provide community level support through a Fieldworker service and by hosting social events. The Canterbury branch is based in Linwood, Christchurch, and represents association members residing in the geographical areas defined by the Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman, West Coast, mid and South Canterbury regions.

Tel: 0800 463 222

Email: eris@mda.org.nz

Website: http://www.mda.org.nz/

MS West Coast Inc.

Provides information, education and support for people with MS, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone, Huntingtons and other Neurological diseases and their support networks.

Tel: (03) 768 7007

Fax: (03) 768 7023

Email: westcoastms@paradise.net.nz

Hearing Association - Westport

Deals with the education, rehabilitation and special needs of persons over 16 years of age who experience degrees of hearing loss. Continually seeks ways of improving the social, vocational and educational conditions of the hearing impaired. Provides hearing testing, hearing aid maintenance, rehabilitation support for families and tinnitus management. 

President: Stu Marsland Secretary: Hellen Walker

Tel: (03) 789 5003

Fax: (03) 789 5002

Email: wpthear@xtra.co.nz

Website: http://www.hearing.org.nz

Hearing Association - Greymouth

Deals with the education, rehabilitation and special needs of persons over 16 years of age who experience degrees of hearing loss. Continually seeks ways of improving the social, vocational and educational conditions of the hearing impaired. Provides lip-reading tuition.

Tel: (03) 768 4068