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South Canterbury DHB Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service

Public Service, Sexual Abuse Medicine, Sexual Harm


A specialist medical service for children, adolescents and adults who have been sexually assaulted or abused, recently or in the past.  Forensic and non-forensic assessment and treatment by forensically trained doctors and nurses.

Age: Children, Adolescents and Adults - all genders

Region: South Canterbury


South Canterbury DHB provides confidential, immediate and historical assessment, forensic and non-forensic, for anyone that has been sexually abused or assaulted.  Our doctors and nurses are specially trained in sexual abuse medicine and care and we work in partnership with Paediatricians and other specialists as required. 

Services provided include:

  • 24/7 forensic assessments if reporting to the Police
  • Medical assessments and treatment, and medication if required
  • Referral to specialist supporting agencies

Click here for more information on Sexual Assault and Abuse.

How to Access:

The quickest way to get an urgent medical forensic examination is to call 111 or

Mid-South Island STAR Centre your local crisis service on 0800 00 7750 who will contact one of our specialist doctors.

Call (03) 687 2100 and ask for the Sexual Abuse Assessment & Treatment Service (SAATS).


Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke

How do I access this service?


Services Provided

Sexual abuse medical


South Canterbury

Contact Details

Timaru Hospital

South Canterbury

Corner Queen & High Streets,
Timaru 7910

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Street Address

Corner Queen & High Streets,
Timaru 7910

Postal Address

Primary Health Manager
Private Bag 911
Timaru 7940

This page was last updated at 8:36AM on July 27, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by South Canterbury DHB Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service.