Whānau with lived experience of disability are a taonga within our communities. There is a range of tools and services available to support tāngata whaikaha.
Mā tōu rou, mā taku rourou Support for whānau with lived experience of disability
If you are tāngata whaikaha, tāngata whaiora, whānau whaikaha or whānau with lived experience of disability, chronic health or injury-related health conditions, there are several ways to get support against COVID-19.
You can reach out to your kaupapa Māori hauora provider, people you know and trust for support, or contact the Healthline Disability Team or NZ Relay Service.
For information to support your mental hauora, check out our Tāngata whaiora page.
Butch talks to us about his health journey and why getting immunised is important for him and his whānau.
Video Link: https://www.karawhiua.nz/assets/Videos/Butch-Bradley-1.mp4
Te rōpū tautoko hauā o Healthline Healthline disability team
A dedicated COVID-19 Disability Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call free on 0800 11 12 13, Text 8988, or access it through the NZ Relay Service website.
The Helpline team can provide
- Help or information about vaccines, testing, face mask exemptions, and managing COVID-19 at home
- Support and advice for any general health concerns you may have
- Assistance if you need urgent help and your support worker/carer is unavailable.
Someone with experience or knowledge of disability will answer your call from 8am to 8pm. Outside that your call will be answered by a trained member of the Healthline team.
Te Ratonga Kawekawe o Aotearoa NZ Relay Service
If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, NZ Relay Service can help you contact Healthline.
You can call NZ Relay on 0800 4 715 715. The NZ Relay help desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Okanga taunaki mō tāngata whaikaha Boosters for tāngata whaikaha
A booster provides more protection against COVID-19. For those who are not at risk, two doses of the vaccine and a booster is recommended.
For those at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a second booster shot is recommended. This includes those who are 16 years and over who live with a disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities.
For more information and advice about the COVID-19 vaccination, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Rongoā whakanoa mō tāngata whaikaha Antiviral medicine for tāngata whaikaha
Antiviral medicine is now available for whānau with a severely weakened immune system or three or more health conditions that put them at risk of getting seriously māuiui from COVID-19.
You can find more information on our Antiviral medicine page.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.
My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.
He toa takitini We are stronger together
The stories of tāngata whaikaha are unique,and our barriers to participating in society are often invisible. It is important to listen, connect and awhi each other so that we can navigate the challenges we face together.
He Toa Takitini is a collective response by tangata whaikaha to share stories and information about their hauora and protection from COVID-19.
For more information about He Toa Takitini, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram.