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In Aotearoa, you can access publicly funded health and disability services if you’re a citizen, permanent resident or resident. If you’re unsure, there is in-depth eligibility criteria listed on Te Whatu Ora's website.  

Publicly funded healthcare generally includes: 

  • Inpatient and outpatient treatment at public hospitals for free 
  • Free hospital care in case of an accident 
  • Free maternity and fertility services 
  • Free disability support services 
  • Subsidised prescriptions 

Road safety 

Road trauma is a significant cause of deaths and serious injury for younger people, so it’s important to minimise your risk while driving. Following these tips will help you stay safe on the road: 

  • Drive within the speed limits - this minimises the risk of crashing and can result in fines and demerit points. 
  • Avoid distraction in the car while driving - this could include using your phone, chatty passengers, or eating food. 
  • Ensure you take adequate rests - don’t drive if you’re feeling tired. 
  • Stay with restricted licence limits - carrying passengers increases the risk of crashes and can result in fines and demerit points. 
  • Don’t drink or drug drive – it significantly increases the risk of crashing and can have a negative impact on getting a job, keeping your job, and your freedom to travel. 
  • Wear your seatbelt - it can save your life if you do crash. 

Make sure you get your chance to enjoy the independence by being safe on the road and contribute to building a positive road safety culture in Aotearoa. 

Find more information about staying safe on our roads on the SADD/Kaitiaki o Ara website. 

Sexual health 

Practicing safe sex can prevent unintended consequences. Ensure that any sexual activity involves trust and consent, and know that there are trained professionals you can talk to about any emotional or physical issue you may have. 

Staying healthy 

Getting into healthy routines now can contribute to overall better wellbeing in the long run.   

Routines can be challenging, but every little bit adds to all aspects of your health, including your mental and emotional health.