This page provides a selection of useful links to other websites offering information for patients and their carers.
Support Services New Zealand
Peke Waihanga is a specialist healthcare provider that manufactures high-technology medical devices, mainly artificial limbs, for individual patients with an integrated rehabilitation and coordination of care service. Visit our new YouTube (TM) library to watch videos created for people living with amputation.
Take My Hands is a social enterprise that connects those that have, with those in need. They collect usable medical equipment and resources that can no longer be used in New Zealand and redistribute them to organisations that work with those in need in the Asia Pacific Region. If you would like to donate your prosthesis after use, please speak with our team at your centre.
Be. Lab (formerly Be. Accessible) is a social change initiative and a holistic framework for accessibility with a mission to create a truly accessible country for us all.
Supported Living Payment is assistance for people who have, or are caring for someone with a health condition, injury or disability.
MSD publishes this useful guide containing practical help for whānau, and carers who assist family members and friends who need help with everyday living because of a health condition, disability or injury. It contains information on money, people and things all available to all New Zealanders. Click this link to view the latest version of the Guide for Carers.
Carers NZ is a national not-for-profit supporting a network of approximately 50,000 individual carers and supporting organisations. They do not charge a membership fee and fundraise to share resources freely with family carers.
Diabetes New Zealand is the only national charity in New Zealand representing and supporting people affected by diabetes.
What is trauma? A trauma is an extreme event that overwhelms our normal coping mechanisms. Knocked off our feet we suffer a range of distressing symptoms and may struggle to make sense of things. While family, friends and other social supports, as well as the passage of time, often provide healing this is not always the case.
Skylight - Because grief happens and support matters. Offering a wide range of services to those facing tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief in the Wairarapa, Auckland and Wellington regions.
The Disability Resource Centre is a not-for-profit community focused organisation committed to meeting the needs of disabled people, older persons and their families/whānau.
Medical alarms help seniors and people with disabilities to continue enjoying their independence for longer. They also provide reassurance for families and friends. St John is New Zealand’s leading medical alarm provider. Ours are the only medical alarms monitored directly by St John and are the medical alarms recommended most often by GPs. Choosing a St John Medical Alarm helps to support St John Ambulance and other essential community services. St John has a new initiative in partnership with ACC we now offer all customers a full Home Safety Check to prevent against falls.
Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. If you’re ready to quit smoking, we’re ready to help.
Sports and Recreation
Supports and encourages opportunities for disabled people to participate in sports, at regional, national and international levels. Sports are offered through a network of Regional Parafed Associations, National disabled & able-bodied Sports Organisations, clubs, coaches and individuals.
Achilles is a worldwide organisation that gives people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in mainstream events like Round the Bays, giving them the opportunity to participate with able-bodied athletes.
Adaptive Snow Sports through Snow Sports New Zealand (SSNZ) helps to remove participation barriers and encourages people with functional impairments to get involved in snow sports.
Golf is one of the most popular sports enjoyed by amputees of all ages, levels of amputation and functional abilities. Few recreational activities encourage people to get outside, compete within their comfort level, and enjoy social exchange with friends the way golf does. Interestingly, golf is also one of the most beneficial activities for improving balance, coordination, range of motion, strength and endurance. In many ways, golf is the perfect rehabilitation therapy.
MTB Amputee includes pictures and information on a variety of amputee mountain bikers and cyclists, encouraging ALL amputee cyclists to participate regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, ability, or disability.
Riding for the Disabled caters for people of all ages. They may be referred by therapists, doctors, specialists, other health professionals, teachers, caregivers and referrals from parents and riders themselves. Our Riders attend riding to achieve a specific goal, whether it is therapeutic, educational or sporting.
Sailability is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged. There are several regional clubs listed on the Yachting NZ website.
International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) - Belgium
New Zealand has a national member society for the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), to which the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service and many of its staff belong. ISPO holds regular scientific meetings and produces a quarterly journal to enable members to keep up to date with new developments in prosthetics and orthotics.
For more information, contact the Chair of the New Zealand National Member Society ISPO: Cherry Holliday.
The AustPAR website provides information, education, and peer support for physiotherapists, and all health professionals who work with amputees. It covers an array of topics around amputee care and has discussion forums, presentations and useful resources for healthcare providers.
Limbs 4 Life - Australia
Limbs 4 Life is the vision of Melissa Noonan and Jacinta Dyson who recognised that amputees needed an organisation that provided up-to-date information and formalised peer support.
The Digital Resource Foundation for the orthotics and prosthetics community, virtual library project.