New Zealand is one of many countries that offers a new home to refugees and migrants.
- Migrants make the decision to move based on choice. They choose to move to better their circumstances, and are able to decide where they will migrate to.
- Refugees on the other hand, have no choice. They are forced to leave their homes due to fears of violence and persecution.
- Read about the different ways migrants and refugees can come to New Zealand.(external link)(external link)
Whether you or your parents have come to New Zealand as a refugee or migrant, you have a right to access health services you need to live well.
Culturally appropriate and safe health care may include services that are able to understand your needs, language, migration history, religious beliefs, cultural values and health beliefs. It is important to seek help if you have health needs.
In New Zealand there are a range of health services that are available for you. They may be similar or quite different to ones you have used before coming to New Zealand.
It is a good to enrol with a local doctor as you can get:
- Free or cheaper fees when you see your local doctor (GP).
- Access to free interpreter services, if required.
- Reminders for checks, immunisations and other additional services.
To enrol, find a local family doctor (GP) in your area.(external link)