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Tū Pakari Ora - Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Service

Public Service, Sexual Abuse Medicine, Sexual Harm, Sexual Health



Specialist medical services provided by MEDSAC trained doctors and nurses to assist survivors 14 years and older who have experienced sexual harm.   ( Welcome to MEDSAC : MEDSAC

Age: Youth and Adults 14 years and over.  

Region: Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt, Wairarapa


Forensic services = an examination with the purpose of collecting DNA for a possible police report.  The exam is done by a specialist forensic team which includes a Forensic Examiner ( Dr or NP) and a Forensic Nurse and usually includes a support worker.

If you have been sexually assaulted in the last 7 days:

  • We can provide a full "forensic" (with DNA collection) exam, 24/7, with or without police involvement
  • We take detailed forensic notes so an "expert witness" statement can be prepared for court, if needed.

Well Check (Non Forensic Services) = a visit with a Specialist Dr or Nurse to discuss your health needs and care around your experience of sexual harm.  It may or may not include a physical exam depending on your needs.
For a sexual assault/abuse that happened more than 7 days ago:
We can provide a safe place:

  • To discuss health concerns related to the assault/abuse
  • Answer any questions you may have regarding STI's
  • For a medical exam (if desired, you don't need to have one)

We provide services to people of diverse social and cultural backgrounds who have experienced sexual harm, whether recent or historic.  Services we offer include:

  • STI testing and treatment
  • Pregnancy testing and emergency contraception
  • Medical "off work" certificate
  • Referral for Specialist Support Services
  • ACC45 can be completed for support
  • We can consult with your GP and refer you to other health services as needed

Download a Referral Form if you are an external agency wanting to make a referral, email  or call (04) 805 0522 Mon - Fri 9am-4pm

All services are FREE of charge with no residency/eligibility criteria.


Tū Pakari Ora | Sexual Assault Medical/Forensic (SAATS) | Non Fatal Strangulation (NFSS) Services

Dr Jen Haward  |  Clinical Lead - SAATS & Forensic Examiner 

Dr Susanna Kent |  Clinical Lead - NFSS & Forensic Examiner 

Kim Lund, CNS  |  Service Manager  & Forensic Nurse 

Diane van Arem | Administrator 

Bea Te Whata-Woods | Stakeholder Engagement/Kaiāwhina



Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke

How do I access this service?

Contact us

04 805 0522 Monday-Friday 9:00 am-4:00 pm
If you have been sexually assaulted, our team can see you for a FREE wellness check up (not forensic).  We can discuss testing and treatment for STI's, pregnancy, complete an ACC45 and make referrals to other agencies as needed.  Sometimes you just want to talk with a health care provider, we can offer virtual visits (as well as in person) to help you decide what you need.

If you have been sexually assaulted in the last 7 days and think you might want to report to police, we can provide a FREE forensic exam, 24/7.  You do NOT need to report to police to access a forensic exam.  The Specialist Support teams are available 24/7 to help you make those decisions and to organise our team for an exam.  They will take the details of the case and contact us to organise a forensic or non-forensic visit after you have discussed all of your options. 

If you have been sexually assaulted in the last 7 days, please contact:

  • Wellington or Hutt Police: (04) 381 2000 or Masterton Police: (06) 370 0300 (111 or 105)
  • If you do not wish to report to Police or are uncertain, please contact:

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP (04) 801 6655  (24/7)

HV SASH - Hutt Valley Sexual Abuse Support and Healing 0800 226 694  (24/7)

Wellington Rape Crisis (04) 801 8973 (M-F 9-4)

Wairarapa Rape and Sexual Abuse Collective 0800 614 614 (24/7)

Victim Support 0800 842 846

  • If there are physical or mental health concerns, requiring urgent care, please go to ED and they will contact our team and/or Support Services.


If you wish to make a referral to us, please complete the referral form Referral Form and send it via health link (EDI shealthw) or password protected email and we will contact the survivor directly. Alternatively ring us on 04 805 0522 to make a referral for yourself, a friend/whānau or client (NGO, GP, etc)

Make an appointment

To make an appointment for a forensic examination-with or without police- 24/7- (within 7 days of the assault)

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP (04) 801 6655  (24/7)

HV SASH - Hutt Valley Sexual Abuse Support and Healing 0800 226 694  (24/7)

Wairarapa Rape and Sexual Abuse Collective 0800 614 614 (24/7)

Wellington Rape Crisis (04) 801 8973 (M-F 9-4)

If you were sexually assaulted more than 7 days ago, call directly to us on 04 805 0522 M-F 9:00-4:00 for an appointment to talk with our health team or ring any of the above agencies and they can make a referral to us on your behalf.

Anyone can access

  • We provide FREE services for people 14 years of age and older.

Casual (not enrolled) patients

Enrolled patients

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No appointment required

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Services are free for NZ residents and non-residents.


Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Forensic exams are provided 24/7

Non forensic exams (Well checks) are available by appointment during standard business hours subject to public holiday closures.

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Contact Details

General Enquiries ring (04) 805 0522 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

If you have been sexually assaulted, you can book a FREE well check/therapeutic medical visit with clinicians that specialise in working with people that have been sexually assaulted/abused.
RING  (04) 805 0522 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

To be seen for a forensic exam (DNA collection) 24/7, please contact your local Specialist Support agency below or Police. (Within 7 days of an assault).  You DO NOT need to report to police to receive care.

To discuss your options and get immediate 24/7 support, ring:

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP (04) 801 6655  (24/7)

HV SASH - Hutt Valley Sexual Abuse Support and Healing 0800 226 694  (24/7)

- Wairarapa Rape and Sexual Abuse Collective 0800 614 614  (24/7)

  Monday-Friday 9am -4pm you can ring:
-  The sexual assault team on 04 805 0422
Wellington Rape Crisis (04) 801 8973 (M-F 9-4)

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This page was last updated at 10:36AM on October 3, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Tū Pakari Ora - Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Service.