Te Whāre Hauora Health centre

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Our Health Centre Te Whāre Hauora offers a great range of services including nurses, a general practitioner (GP)  and counsellors – as a student you can access 3 free counselling sessions per year. All of our services are confidential.

To find out more, get advice or to make a booking please contact us 03 940 7566 or email HealthCentre@ara.ac.nz we are here to help.

The GP, physiotherapy and counselling services are available  Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday; whilst we have a drop in service for the nurse.

Our services are discounted. We take Community Services Card and we offer ACC appointments.

You can book a session by either phoning us or coming into the Health Centre reception.

At the Health Centre we follow the New Zealand Health Information Privacy Code. All Health Centre staff, visiting staff and trainees are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Please see Privacy and Confidentiality at Ara Health Centre for more information. We are also a member of the Christchurch PHO.

If you are a New Zealand resident, you can enrol with Ara Health Centre to enable you to receive cheaper doctor visits and reduced costs of prescription medicine. You will need to visit the Health Centre to complete and sign an enrolment form.

Community Services Card

You may be eligible to apply for a Community Services Card. This allows you to get general practitioner (GP) services at discounted rates. You can find out more information and how to apply for a card by contacting the Community Services Card Unit, Freephone 0800 999 999, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Staff listing

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Health Centre Manager / Nurse Clinician

Susan Woods

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Nurse Clinician

Yolande Ernstzen

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Leigh Lawless


  • Monday to Thursday - 9am to 4pm (Nurse is available until 6pm on Thursdays)
  • Friday - 9am to 3pm

Madras Street Campus: Our services have the following availability:

  • Nurses: Monday to Friday
  • GP: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Counsellors: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Physiotherapy: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Ensors Road Campus: Wednesday and Friday


Doctor consultationPrice

Enrolled patient

Enrolled patient with CSC*

International student

Non-enrolled patient

Non-enrolled patient with CSC

Ara staff or other









Nurse consultation 

Enrolled patient

International student

Non-enrolled patient

Ara staff or other

Sexual health consult (under 18 enrolled patients only)









Students can access three FREE counselling sessions to talk about any personal issues.


Repeat prescription 

Enrolled patient

Non-enrolled patient

Ara staff or other





Our trainee physiotherapist works under the supervision of the qualified physiotherapist.

Treatment available for all sorts of spinal and musculoskeletal pain or injuries.


Qualified physiotherapist initial

Qualified/trainee physiotherapist follow-up



Private (non-ACC)

Trainee physiotherapist initial and followup

Qualified physiotherapist initial

Qualified physiotherapist followup





Staff are welcome to make an appointment to see the doctor on a casual basis, however students do have priority for appointments so occasionally, we may have to cancel and allocate your appointment to a student.  We would then refer you to your own GP or another medical centre i.e. Moorhouse.

*Community Services Card
+Conditions apply, please discuss with the receptionist on booking.
NB These prices are subject to change

Entry requirements

You will need to register to use a service at the Health Centre. Bring in your Student ID card, course receipt or Staff ID card on your first visit.

Students can use all services. Staff can use GP and nursing services.

Contact details

Phone(03) 940 7566
Fax(03) 940 8680


Health Centre, Whareora, City campus

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