Some information from Asian, Migrant & Former Refugee Health Gain Manager Waitematā DHB and Auckland DHB

  1. What:    IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Update – (as at 19 March, 2020)
  • New Zealand has 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • New border measures are in place as of Monday 16 March. If you arrived in New Zealand from any country (except the Pacific Island countries listed in Category 2) prior to 1:00am on Monday 16 March you should self-isolate from the date of departure for 14 days. Voluntary registration is available at here. To find out more, see here.
  • The Government advised public events or mass gatherings where 500 or more people are together in one place, at one time should be cancelled. Examples include concerts, festivals and sports matches
  • New MoH translated COVID-18 poster available in Simplified Chinese and te reo Māori here
  • If you have health-related concerns about COVID-19, call the dedicated 0800 number: 0800 358 5453. The line is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors. Interpreters are available.
  • If you’re not sure what assistance may be available (non-health related), you don’t know who to contact for help or if you’d just like more information, phone the 0800 Government Helpline on 0800 779 997 (9am–5pm, 7 days a week).
  • For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can also call or text 1737 Need to talk?
  • You can go to the Ministry of Health website to find all updated information about COVID-19 here.
  • Government also launched a new Unite against COVID-19 website, with easy to understand information about the virus, ways to help slow its spread and advice for businesses, community groups, travellers and Māori, see here


  1. What:   2020 Influenza Immunisation Campaign. Get your FREE influenza immunisation (for those eligible*) from 18 March [translated posters available to Communities]

Who:     The following groups will be prioritised to get their vaccine first:

  • *People aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with certain chronic conditions, and young children with a history of severe respiratory illness (as they are at greatest risk of serious illness from influenza)
  • Healthcare workers. Note, vaccination for healthcare workers is not funded through the eligibility outlined in the Pharmaceutical Schedule. Healthcare employers typically provide healthcare worker vaccinations through their occupational health programs, as part of their responsibility to ensure health and safety in the workplace.


Influenza vaccines for:

  • Children aged 6 months to 3 years will be available from 1 April
  • Privately funded vaccination will be available from 13 April

Note: The Influenza vaccine does not protect you against COVID-19, however it will help prevent a serious illness that causes hundreds of deaths each year.

Where: At your local family doctor (GP) or participating community pharmacist from 18 March 2020 (for priority groups first).

Details: For full details of eligibility criteria, see here . For more information, see here. For translated posters to promote to your Communities (English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese,

Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Farsi, note Hindi and Punjabi will be uploaded soon) here


  1. What:    Census 2018 data about New Zealand’s communities [Stats New Zealand)

Details: For more information, see here


  1. What:    Longer, Healthier Lives: New Zealand’s Health 1990-2017 [Ministry of Health]

Details: For more information, see here


  1. What:    Aotearoa/New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan – Phase One 2020-2023 [Ministry of Housing and Urban Development]

Details  For more information, see here


  1. What:    ‘Give your cervix some screen time’ campaign [Ministry of Health]

The Ministry of Health has launched a powerful media campaign designed to encourage young women to start regular cervical screening from 25 years of age.

The National Cervical Screening Programme says this multi-media campaign is specifically targeted at women aged between 25 and 30 years.

Details: For more information, see here


  1. What:    Survey on reporting side effects to medicines [Medsafe]

Medsafe is conducting an online survey about reporting side effects to medicines for New Zealand consumers and patients to complete.

Details: For more information, see here


  1. What:    2020 Tūmanako Summit: Creating Belonging for Resettled Communities in Aotearoa

If you’re a changemaker wanting to make a positive difference to the settlement journeys of resettled communities (people from refugees backgrounds – Quota, Convention, Family Reunification and Asylum Seekers), register your interest in attending.

Details:  20-21 April, Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road, Auckland. To RSVP,  see here


Position advertised:

  1. What:  Auckland DHB Community Health Worker (1FTE, permanent)- Starship Community.

Details: Closing date, 22 March 2020, see here



Asian, Migrant & Former Refugee Health Gain



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