How we can help prevent illness: Free screening programmes are available from your doctor.

Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk Assessment

Cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is the leading cause of death in New Zealand. Many heart attacks and strokes can be prevented. You can make lifestyle changes to improve your health and well-being and lower your cardiovascular disease risk. Your doctor or nurse can also help with advice on medication and lifestyle.

Over 225,000 New Zealanders have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and 50 more people are diagnosed every day. Lifestyle changes can reduce how likely it is for complications to develop, and how serious they will be.

Who is eligible for an assessment? Indian men aged 35–74 years and Indian women aged 45–74 years; other men aged 45–74 years and other women aged 55–74 years.

Cervical Screening

Cervical screening aims to detect abnormal changes to the cervix (the neck of the uterus) before they can develop into cancer. Safe and effective treatment will prevent progression to cancer.

Who is eligible? Asian women aged 30–69 years who have not had a smear for more than 3 years, or who have never had a cervical smear.

Quit Smoking Support

Free quit-smoking support services are available for people living in the North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney areas.

Our experienced staff can help you stop smoking. They will meet with you at home, at work, or at your doctor’s clinic.

Our staff speak Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean. Interpreters may be available for speakers of other languages.

We have a focus on Asian people and their families. We also have programmes for pregnant women and their whanau/family and families with children under the age of 16.

You can make contact with us on Free Phone 0508 QUIT NOW (0508 7848 66), by email at, or you can talk to your doctor or Practice Nurse.

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