Refugee health

When refugees arrive in New Zealand they are accommodated at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre (MRRC) for an orientation to prepare them for life in a new country.

During their orientation a Refugee Health Screening Service (RHSS) identifies and treats any personal health conditions that may affect a person’s resettlement. 

Further information about health services and screening for refugees is available from Health New Zealand (NZ) - Te Whatu Ora, who fund the RHSS. 

National Public Health Service - Northern Region ceased being the RHSS provider on 30 June 2020.

Health services for refugees and asylum seeker Frequently asked questions

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Last updated 27.3.2024

For health advice call Healthline for free anytime on 0800 611 116
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