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Featured Health Information Portals

Auckland Regional Public Health Service:  Health Information[NZ]
Information and resources for health professionals and the public.

Health Navigator (information on healthy living) [NZ]
Trusted health information and self-help resources for all New Zealanders.  Information about long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes etc. Tips, recipes, advice and lots more to keep yourself and your family well.  Easy-to-read through to detailed information about common medications.  And a range of resources of most interest to healthcare providers. *mobile friendly.

see also the Health Navigator App Library.
Mobile apps are made to support lifestyle, disease management, mental wellbeing and behaviour change, but how do you know if they work, or they are safe to use? Our library, currently funded by the Ministry of Health, comprises of apps that have been reviewed by a range of experts, so you can decide which ones are right for you.

Healthline Symptom Checker [NZ]
Healthline Symptom Checker lets you enter your symptoms on a body map or search by name from a list – eg, ‘knee injury’. Once the symptoms have been found, courses of action are suggested. Based on the type and severity of the illness, that could be to call an ambulance, see the doctor within 24 hours, or advice on how to manage the condition at home. The app can also store health providers’ contact details and some emergency numbers. The Healthline Symptom Checker complements the Healthline telephone service and gives people a new way to access health information and advice. *mobile friendly

HealthEd [NZ]
Health Ed is a catalogue of free health resources brought to you by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and the Ministry of Health. The public health resources on this website support healthier New Zealand communities. These resources will help you to make informed decisions for yourself and those you care about.

Healthpoint [NZ]
Going to a medical specialist or hospital? Find up-to-date information about providers, referral expectations, services offered and common treatments. *mobile friendly

Kids Health [NZ]
Our mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau. Kidshealth is also a website for the range of professionals who work with parents every day, including doctors, nurses, early childhood staff, teachers, mental health professionals and others.  This website is a joint initiative between the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Starship Foundation. *mobile friendly

Medline Plus [US]
MedlinePlus is the US National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. See also Medline Plus health topics. *mobile friendly

PatientsLikeMe [US]
PatientsLikeMe is a patient powered research network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. On PatientsLikeMe’s network, people connect with others who have the same disease or condition and track and share their own experiences. In the process, they generate data about the real-world nature of disease that help researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, providers and nonprofits develop more effective products, services and care. *mobile friendly

Red Cross first aid and emergency app [NZ]
Our first aid and emergency app is designed to give people life saving skills at their fingertips. The free app features simple, easy advice on everyday first aid scenarios, tips on how to prepare for natural disasters and step-by-step instructions on what to do during an emergency. *mobile friendly

Up-to-Date Patient Information [US]

UpToDate offers different levels of patient education materials to meet the varying information needs of patients. * Only available from a Counties Manukau Health site (eg Middlemore Hospital, Manukau SuperClinic etcetera)

Counties Manukau Health Promotions website and Healthy Together facebook page [NZ]

Registering for Your Own Personalised Patient Portal [NZ]
Patient portals are secure, convenient online tools that help you to manage and keep track of you and your family’s health 24/7.

Use it to book appointments, access your medical history, clinical notes, lab results and to monitor any current diagnosis. You can even request prescription repeats. 

It’s safe, easy to use and a great way to keep tabs on your health whenever you need to.

To sign up for a patient portal, first talk to your GP to see if their practice is offering the programme. If it is, they will then get you set up with a secure username and password.
To find out more see


New Zealand Resources


Age Well [NZ]
Website promoting healthy ageing throughout New Zealand. Staying healthy is a subject that is important to people of all ages, so a lot of the ideas and suggestions offered are relevant for everybody, but we have tried to include areas that may be of interest mainly to older people. This site is administered by Age Concern North Shore on behalf of the Northern Regional Age Concern Councils


Books on Prescription
Books on Prescription is a programme run by WellSouth Primary Health Network and the libraries of Otago and Southland (Public Libraries, University libraries and prison libraries) to increase access to high quality health information. The resources in the collection have been recommended and reviewed by health professionals. Books are available at your local library and videos and smartphone applications can be accessed via this website. You can also read book reviews by both health professionals and consumers on this website. Although the programme is run from Southland you will find that most books reviewed will be available in your local Auckland Community Library - see below for details of how to access resoures from Auckland Libraries.

see  Auckland City Libraries [NZ]
Excellent collection of magazines, books (ebooks, print books, large print),dvds, factsheets and articles.  Resources for adults, teens and children in a range of languages including Chinese, Hindi and Korean.  Aucklanders can request materials from 55 branches across Auckland to pick up from their nearest community library.  Request online or pop into your local library and ask one of the friendly librarians for help.

Browse the following collections:

ADHD; Asthma; Blood pressure; CancerDementia; Depression; Diabetes; Eating disorders;  Gout, Heart conditions, Oral health (teeth and gums); Sexually transmitted diseases

Diet and weightlossNutrition; Physical activity and exercise; Self management and living with chronic illnessQuitting smoking; Stress management and mindfulness; Resilience;

Fertility and contraceptionPregnancy; Babies and breast feeding; Parenting; Babies health;  Children's health;  Women's health; Men's health; Senior's health

see also Counties Manukau Health Library Recommended Books List (all titles available to be borrowed from Auckland Libraries):

Living A Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions: self-management of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other physical and mental health conditions
Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!
Taking control : my plan for heart health
Mayo Clinic the essential diabetes book
Understanding type 2 diabetes : fewer highs, fewer lows, better health
Diabetes and wellbeing : managing the psychological and emotional challenges of diabetes types 1 and 2
Lose weight for life : ditch dieting & lighten up with NZ nutrition expert Claire Turnbull
Pasifika plates : serving nutritious island flavours
That sugar book
Buck up : the real bloke's guide to getting healthy and living longer
Walking for fitness, pleasure and health : a complete guide for women of all ages
Hauora hautipua! = Super food & super action for superheroes
I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression
All Blacks Don’t Cry: a story of hope
The big little book of resilience : how to bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling life 

Child and Youth Health Resource and Information Service [NZ]
Information about child and youth health for planners, purchasers, providers, communities, young people and their families.

Counties Manukau Health Information for Patients and Visitors [NZ]
Counties Manukau Health funds and operates seven inpatient and numerous outpatient and community health facilities across the district with Middlemore Hospital and Manukau Health Park being the largest inpatient facilities.  Counties Manukau also funds many primary and community based organisations who deliver a range of primary care, child and youth, mental health, maternity and older people services in community settings.

Hapū Hauora [NZ]
Hapū Hauora is a free resource to help hapū learn new skills and get plenty of ideas to help make the healthy choice the easy choice at marae and at home. It has lots of tools and tips to help hapu to eat healthy, be smokefree, avoid infections, reduce alcohol intake and be more physically active.

HealthEd [NZ]
HealthEd is a catalogue of free health resources brought to you by the Health Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Health.  The public health resources on this website support healthier New Zealand communities.  These resources will help you to make informed decisions for yourself and those you care about.
see also Related websites.  These links connect to other health-related government and non-government sites and to information sites belonging to agencies affiliated to the Public Health Association.
HealthInfo Canterbury [NZ]
HealthInfo is a health information website, brought to you by the Canterbury District Health Board (Canterbury DHB). The information on HealthInfo has been written and approved by local doctors, practice nurses, hospital clinicians, and other healthcare professionals, and is specific to Canterbury, New Zealand. The website has a mix of health information, ranging from factsheets on different topics and descriptions of local health services and supports, through to links to recommended websites for further reading and research.
Healthline [NZ]
Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free advice from trained registered nurses. Healthline is staffed by experienced registered nurses who can provide you with health information and advice on care.
KidzFirst Centre for Youth Health: Child & Youth Health Resource & Information Service
Information about child and youth health for planners, purchasers, providers, communities, young people and their families.
see also their Useful Links directory of further information or support on issues relating to child and youth health and wellbeing.

Linkage Webhealth [NZ]
Online access to information and contact details for local health, wellbeing and social services.

Reading in Mind [NZ]
Reading in Mind scheme based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch provides recommended books on a range of mental health and wellbeing topics. These books have been selected by mental health professionals, service providers and Ōtautahi based mental health organisations.The website is easy to browse with topics clearly laid out and direct links to the relevant library catalogue.

Safekids Aotearoa Information Service [NZ]
Safekids’ Information Service aims to promote and assist child injury-prevention work throughout New Zealand.

Turn the page [NZ]
Turn The Page: Reading your way to wellness. The Turn the Page programme is a South Taranaki initiative that links people who have mild to moderate mental health issues to a set of self-help books recommended by psychologists and counsellors. GPs ‘prescribe’ books to their patients, which can then be borrowed from the district libraries. Introduced in 2011, the booklist currently covers eight different areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, stress and grief.

Useful websites - Services for older people [NZ]
These organisations provide information, services, support and advocacy for older people.  Compiled by the Ministry of Health.

Weight Management FAB (Food, Activity and Behavioural Support) [NZ]
Online database of New Zealand research and evaluation on nutrition, physical activity, obesity, exercise science, physical recreation and sport, from the year 2000 onwards. Ministry of Health’s strategic approach to improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and achieving healthy weight for all New Zealanders.

Your Health [NZ]
Ministry of Health guide to quality health information. Find out about health topics, services and where to go for help.

see also:

Communities and Social meda

Patient Stories [curated by the CM Health Library]
Many patient and consumer groups maintain websites and also social media sites that share the stories and personal experiences of patients and their whaanau.  Click on the following links to explore patient stories:

Cancer - Bowel / Breast / Head & Neck /  LeukemiaMelanoma / Prostate ;
DementiaDepression; Diabetes; Epilepsy ;  Gout; Heart attack ; Hepatitis BMental health; Parkinsons ; Spinal injury;  Stroke

see also: 


CM Health Library Health Apps Collection [curated by the Counties Manukau Health Library.  All apps have undergone a review process by recognised clinical experts]

* Tip: download a few apps and try them out to see which ones are right for you but beware of privacy issues and giving away too much personal information.
** Use of the tools / apps presented in this collection are not intended to be a substitute for a consultation with a healthcare professional. It is up to you to contact a healthcare professional if you are concerned about your health.

Health Navigator App Library [NZ]

Alcohol - manage your drinking ; Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) ; Arthritis ; Assistive communication (to aid speech) ; Asthma ; Blood pressure ; Breastfeeding ; Communication; COPDDiabetes ; Eating disorder apps ; Eczema ; Epilepsy ; First aid and emergency ; Fitness and weight loss ; Fluid control (for heart and kidney health) ; GoutHealthy eating ; Heart failure; Irritable bowel; Maori languageMedication aherence ; Mental wellbeing ; Mental health and wellbeing apps for teenagers and young people ;  Migraine and headache ; Multiple sclerosisNutrition; Pain management; Parenting apps ; Patient portals; Period tracking apps ; Pregnancy and newborn care ; Prostate and bladder health ; PhysiotherapyQuit smoking / Quit smoking (for pregnant woman) ; Skin check;  Sleep ; Stroke ; Sun safety


Books on Prescription Health Apps Library [NZ]
Healthy living ; Heart disease ;  Mental wellbeing

Healthy Living Apps [Aus.]
Alcohol - manage your drinking ; Healthy eating ; Mental wellbeing ; Physical activity and sport ; Quit smoking

NHS Apps Library [UK]
Cancer ; COPD ; Dementia ; Dental care ; Diabetes ; Healthy living ; Learning Disabilities ; Mental wellbeing ;

Practical Apps [Canada]
Atrial fibrillation ; Ashma (adult) / Asthma (Pediatric)Alcohol - manage your drinking ; Chronic pain ; HypertensionInsomnia ;  Irritable bowel syndrome ; Menstrual cycle tracking ; Migraines ; Quit Smoking


International Resources


Genetics Home Reference (US)
Provides consumer health or patient information about the effects of genetic variation on human health. This resource is developed and maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Health and Wellness Resource Centre (via Akld City Libraries - *you will need to have an Akld City library membership to enter your barcode and password details)
The Health and Wellness Resource Center covers a wide range of topics including fitness, nutrition, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs and alternative medicine. Sources include reference books, magazines, journals and video files.

Kids Health Info [Aus]
This site from Melbourne Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing quality, up-to-date health information. Fact sheets have been developed for parents and adolescents, and cover pertinent topics about a wide range of medical conditions.

Mayo Clinic Patient Information on Diseases and Conditions
Comprehensive guides on hundreds of conditions.

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing contains great tips on what to look for when evaluating health information websites. *mobile friendly

  • Consider the source: use recognised authorities, know who is responsible for the content. Look for an "about us" page.
  • Look for evidence: rely on medical research, not opinions, and focus on quality information.
  • Check for currency: look for the latest information. Is the information current and up to date? Look for dates on documents.
  • Beware of bias: what is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site? Ads should be clearly marked.
  • Protect your privacy: health information should be confidential. Does the site have a privacy policy and tell you what information they collect?

National Health Information Centre [US]
Healthfinder offers an online encyclopedia, health news, guides to healthy living, and free interactive tools to check your health.

NHS Choices [UK]
NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health website. NHS Choices offers a wide range of resources that can support health. Information for patients and health care professionals.

NPS Medicinewise [Aus.]
NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit and evidence-based organisation. NPS MedicineWise provides practical tools – such as medicines lists and the Diabetes Health Tracker), evidence-based information, and continuing professional development educational activities, with the intention of improving the way health technologies, including how medicines and medical tests, are prescribed and used.

Patient UK [UK]
Aimed at patients and freely available this website provides information at a similar level to that which patients may get from their GP. Regularly updated and with linked references, this resource is produced in the UK.

PsyberGuide [US]
PsyberGuide is a website which provides a simple rating of evidence supporting over 100 mental health apps. Topics include conditions like Schizophrenia, Mood disorders, PTSD and Stress & Anxiety, and treatments like CBT, DBT and Mindfulness. Each app is given a percentage rating based on quality of evidence, and by clicking on the title you can further information and a breakdown of scores, including  research/evidence, ease of use, digital support and expert reviews.

WebMD [US]
WebMD is an American corporation known primarily as an online publisher of news and information pertaining to human health and well-being. 

see also the MLA CAPHIS Top 100 List: Health Websites You Can Trust [US]



 pdf of complete Top 100 List


Health 101: a collection of learning tools and free online courses to learn more about your body and how it works


Khan Academy. Health and Medicine
The medical world can be a confusing place. Patients and their families might feel overwhelmed by the large vocabularies and complicated explanations they get from their health care providers. Students entering health care also struggle to grasp the complexity of health sciences, and are forced to memorize huge amounts of information. We hope to make understanding the medical world a bit easier. 

Khan Academy. Human anatomy and physiology
Get introduced to all of the major organ systems of the body. You'll learn some general anatomy (roadmap for your body), and how the organs work to keep you alive! Watch some videos, read some articles, try some flashcards, and then quiz yourself!

Explore the human body like never before! With hundreds of interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of thousands of objects in the body, InnerBody will help you discover what you want to know about human anatomy, right here at your fingertips.  Includes 3d animations that you can rotate and zoom in on. 

Kids Health: how the body works
Fun and interactive resource for learning aboutt how our bodies work.  Includes movies, activities and quizzes. Suitable for kids of all ages.

MSD Manual ( Consumer version )
Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

The Manuals, known as Merck Manuals in the United States and Canada and MSD Manuals outside the United States and Canada, are one of the most widely used medical information resources. The Manuals are committed to making the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion professionals and patients on every continent by 2020.

The MSD Manual Includes an excellent ‘Introduction to the human body’ giving an overview of Physiology (how the body functions) and Anatomy (how the body is structured).


This page was last updated at 3:41PM on August 8, 2019.