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Te Whāre Hauora

Health Centre

Providing professional, confidential services for the health and wellbeing of Ara students.

Ara’s Health Centre offers a range of discounted health services for students*. These include consultations with nurses, a doctor and counsellors. Students can access three free counselling sessions a year. We take Community Service cards** and offer ACC appointments.

All services are available at the City campus, while nurse consultations are available at the Woolston campus on Wednesdays and Fridays, and counselling is available at the Timaru campus by appointment.

If you’re a New Zealand resident enrolled at the Health Centre, you can receive cheaper doctor visits and reduced costs for prescription medicines.

To register/make an appointment

You need to register to use the Health Centre’s services. Simply visit the Health Centre to complete an enrolment form (bring your Student/Staff ID card, or a course receipt). To book an appointment, either visit the centre or call us.

*Ara staff are welcome to see the Health Centre doctor on a casual basis, however students have priority for appointments. Occasionally we may have to reallocate a staff appointment to a student. In these situations we refer staff to their own GP or another medical centre (e.g. Moorhouse Clinic).

** You may be eligible for Community Services Card for discounted general practitioner services. You can find out more by calling 0800 999 999, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Our Team 

Susan_Woods_small.jpg Susan Woods
Health Centre Manager/ Registered nurse
Lisa_180x250px.jpg Lisa Richards
Registered nurse

Quin Tang

Linda_180x250px.jpg Lynda Clegg 

Dr James Shanks

Vicki_180x250px.jpg Vicki Garner

Dr Penny Rice-Wilson


Diana Syme

Rimi_180x250px.jpg Rimi Ellis
Leigh-Lawless.jpg Leigh Lawless*

*Leigh works at the Timaru campus in Room TA208.


Prices are subject to change

Doctor consultation Price

Enrolled patient

Enrolled patient with Community Services Card

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




+Conditions apply, please discuss with the receptionist on booking.

Discounted dental services

Sydenham Dental Centre offers current Ara students dental check-ups for $35 and 10% off the cost of treatments such as fillings, extractions and emergency pain relief. You can find out more and make an appointment here.


Whareora, City campus, Madras Street


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


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

Service availability

  • Nurses: Monday to Friday (drop in)
  • GP: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Counsellors: Monday to Friday


Additional information