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Waitematā DHB Asian Health Services

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Asian Mental Health Service

Asian Mental Health Service (AMHS) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate support for service users under the care of the mental health services of Waitematā DHB (WDHB). AMHS covers the whole catchment area of WDHB (Waitakere, North Shore and Rodney) and the regional forensic service.

The purpose of AMHS is to improve access for Asian communities to mental health services, especially for Asian migrants who have limited English skills and are unfamiliar with the New Zealand health system. AMHS endeavours to provide a seamless service and positive experience to service users and their families.

The team comprises Cultural Support Coordinators with different professional qualifications, different backgrounds, and different experiences. To meet the clients’ needs, we work holistically to provide comprehensive services.


  • Social and cultural assessment
  • Psycho-education to service users and family members
  • Talking therapy (incl. Life skills counselling) in Asian languages
  • Engagement and communication support between service users, their family members and Waitemata DHB clinicians
  • Support for service users and family members to navigate and understand the health system and access to community resources
  • Support for service users to identify their strengths to achieve their personal goals
  • Collaboration with clinical teams and other agencies
  • Group works (Asian Wellbeing Group, Incredible Years Parenting Programme and Sensory Modulation Programme)
  • One-off clinical consultation from a cross cultural psychiatrist when needed
  • Mental health awareness workshops for the Asian communities


The service is free for Asian people who:

  • identify themselves as Asian
  • live in the catchment area of WDHB (North Shore, Waitakere, Rodney)
  • experience mental distress
  • are currently under the care of WDHB specialist mental health & addiction services


  • Waitematā DHB specialist mental health professionals including: the Acute teams, the PCLs , the Recovery (community) teams, the Liaison Psychiatry, MH ICU


On-line referral :


Contact details:

Phone:         09 487 1321 Extn 47321

中文电话:   09 486 8920 Extn 46799

(중국어)       09 487 1341 Extn 47314  

연락처 (한국어): 09 487 1321

This page was last updated at 4:46PM on October 4, 2021.