3 July 2019 – NZMA and Hauora ihub have come together to provide student access to free health support and advice in the Waikato.
Hauora ihub opened on 28 June 2018 at the Waikato hospital. The aim is to provide support in a welcoming place, and receive reliable health information and some on-the-spot health checks and advice.
Working alongside, Natalie Lewis – the clinical nurse specialist running this initiative – NZMA has just had its first free health clinic set up on campus, making health information more accessible for students. Already the service is proving to be very popular, with the first session fully booked within an hour of sharing availability with students.
Comprehensively equipped with basic equipment, the clinic provides on-the-spot services including health self-assessments, reliable health information and advice, health screening including cervical smears plus blood pressure tests, smoking cessation support and referrals to community GP and other organisations.
The free service will be based at the NZMA Waikato campus every fortnight. NZMA will continue to work with this amazing organisation to identify and address the growing needs of our students, and help fund and provide additional services – providing support and information for those who have little access to reliable health care.