Stay Healthy

At Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, our goal is to help you stay healthy.

Our general practices will make sure that you are always given the very best health advice, service and treatment. They will also make sure that you feel supported and you receive a standard of care that is unrivalled.

To support them, we have provided a list of useful links below. These links are broken into five sections: 

  1. mental health
  2. diabetes
  3. heart disease
  4. asthma 
  5. cancer. 

Each section contains a collection of relevant websites, and sometimes apps and podcasts, which provide you with helpful information about these topics of interest.

Please note: The websites listed below do not provide a medical advice service. Please contact your doctor, nurse or other health professional for medical advice.

Mental health

Beating the blues®

  • Beating the Blues® has 8 sessions which each last about 50 minutes. Beating the Blues® is based on CBT, an effective, clinically-proven treatment for depression. after each session there are things for you to do and think about as you go about your life. These are not difficult and the more of this 'homework' you do the better you will feel. Beating the Blues® is available as part of your treatment through your GP.

Mental Health Foundation

  • The Mental Health Foundation website provides information on wellbeing (5 winning ways to wellbeing) and helpful free resources about depression, life stories and fact sheets about mental health. 

Ministry of Health

  • The Ministry of Health mental health webpage provides in-depth information on mental health including triggers, symptoms, how to manage your symptoms, and how to get help.

The School of Life

  • Philosopher and author Alain du Boutain, has developed a website devoted to developing emotional intelligence. You can find short courses and lots of other online resources, including a fantastic YouTube channel that addresses how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand the world.


  • MH101 is a one-day workshop for New Zealanders who want to learn how to recognize mental illness, to relate to those experiencing mental illness or distress, and to know how to respond appropriately. 

The Lowdown

  • The Lowdown website provides information and videos on mental health, as well as ways to tips to help you improve how you're feeling. One of its most compelling features is a chat room to talk with others.

Like Minds, Like Mine

  • Like Minds, Like Mine is a public awareness programme to increase social inclusion and end discrimination towards people with experience of mental illness. It has a particularly helpful section called 'good reads', which includes some personal stories about mental health.


  • On the Depression website you can follow other people's journeys to wellness or explore the site to find your own way to a better place. This website has some great information on the causes, getting better, and staying well. As part of, The Journal, is a free personalised online programme where John Kerwin, alongside mental health experts, will take you through a series of online lessons.

Aunty Dee

  • Aunty Dee is a free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem that is getting them down. The website follows a systematic approach to decision making based on structured problem solving and cognitive behavioural therapy, which has been shown to reduce depression symptoms in both adults and young people. You can use Aunty Dee to work through one problem, or you can ask about many problems and use Aunty Dee over and over again.


  • Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. You need to register as a new user.

CALM: Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

  • Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind contains a webpage with guided meditations. It offers tips for meditating, and various audio clips about mindfulness that you can listen to while meditating. 

Health Navigator - depression resources

  • A page that summarises online self-help, courses and apps designed to help people manage depression and anxiety. The resources suggested here have been reviewed (i.e. tried and tested) by the Health Navigator team. Some of the suggestions are free, while some have a cost. Some require referral.

Apps for download

  • Breathe2Relax - The Breathe2Relax app is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker. Available on IOS and Android - Free

  • Happify - How you feel matters. Whether you're feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or you're dealing with constant negative thoughts, the Happify app brings you effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional well-being. It uses proven techniques developed by leading scientists and experts who've  been studying evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy for decades. Available on IOS and Android - Free

  • Mindshift - The MindShift app aims to help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety. Available on IOS and Android - Free

  • Headspace - The free basics pack on the Headspace app teaches you the essentials of living a healthier, happier life. Its meditation made simple, teaching you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Available on IOS and Android - Free

  • Smiling mind - The Smiling Mind app is modern meditation, a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people's lives. Available on IOS and Android - Free.

  • SPARX - SPARX is a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression. It can also help if you're feeling anxious or stressed. Available on IOS and Android - Free.

  • CalmKeeper - Designed by clinical psychologists, CalmKeeper helps you build skills to manage moments of stress and uncertainty. Available on IOS (Android coming soon) - cost involved.

Podcasts for download

  • Health Report - appeals to both specialist and mainstream audiences by applying a broad definition of health, and seeing health and medicine within social, scientific and political contexts.
  • Inside Health - Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney.
  • RNZ Healthy or Hoax - Carol Hirschfeld looks at the latest food and fitness trends to discover what's good for you and what's 'gobbledygook'. In short: Do they work? 
All available on iTunes - Free


Health Navigator

  • The Health Navigator's diabetes webpage contains information, videos and helpful apps specific to diabetes. It also shows upcoming diabetes courses so you can learn more about diabetes self-management.

Diabetes New Zealand

  • The Diabetes NZ webpage contains information about what diabetes is and likely symptoms, diabetic recipes and local support networks.

Heart Foundation

  • The Heart Foundation's diabetes webpage provides information and resources about how to manage diabetes and how to talk with your doctor about it. You can also do a basic heart health check online.

Health Mentor Online

  • The diabetes webpage of Health Mentor Online offers comprehensive information about diabetes, types of diabetes, how it can be treated and why you should take note.

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment

  • The Diabetes NZ Auckland branch webpage offers a simple checklist to see if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 DiabetesXplained App

  • The Type 2 Diabetes Xplained app takes you on Hare and Lisa's journeys with Type 2 Diabetes in an engaging, informative and entertaining story. It's based on Hare and Lisa's stories with Type 2 Diabetes and is written by doctors in the field for up to
    date and correct information.

Heart disease

Heart Research Institute

  • The Heart Research Institute website provides a free heart disease information pack to download. It includes information on what heart disease is, what causes it, and how to prevent it.

Heart Foundation

  • This website provides you with information about the most common heart conditions, the causes, symptoms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Men's Health

  • 1 in 5 men will die from a heart attack. The heart attack webpage on this website contains information specifically for men dealing with a heart condition. It provides useful content about what a heart attack is, who gets them and how to get tested.

Her Heart

  • This website is a health promotion charity and registered not-for-profit that aims to educated women on the risks of heart disease. It aspires to educate and empower women to take control of their lives and make the necessary changes to decrease their risk of developing heart disease.

Ministry of Health - heart disease

  • This MOH webpage links you to information about angina, heart attacks, heart health stories and heart and diabetes checks. It also contains heart-related resources and related webpages.

Ministry of Health - cardiovascual disease

  • This MOH webpage contains information on cardiovascular disease in New Zealand, including publications and resources relating to cardiovascular disease in New Zealand and other cardiovascular news.


Asthma New Zealand

  • The Asthma New Zealand website aims to help eradicate asthma through supporting ongoing research into the causes of asthma look at what happens to the lungs when suffering with asthma. It provides information on common asthma triggers, asthma resources, courses and a blog. Also check out the 'breathe easy' app.

Asthma Foundation

  • Asthma and respiratory diseases are two of the leading causes of sickness and death in New Zealand. The Asthma Foundation website provides information for those who have a respiratory condition, including latest research and stats, and stories from those living with respiratory diseases.

Ministry of Health - asthma

  • This MOH webpage contains information on asthma in New Zealand, including causes, treatments, and self-care tips for those living with asthma.

Asthma Waikato

  • Asthma Waikato's vision is that respiratory illness is no longer a barrier to full life. Visit this website to find out more about Asthma Waikato's preventative education, testing and assessment services across the Waikato. 


Cancer Society

  • If you or someone you care about has cancer, if you want to help provide support, or reduce your own risk of cancer, the Cancer Society website is for you. This website provides information on types of cancer, treatment, living with cancer and reducing cancer risk.

Ministry of Health - cancer

  • Many cancers can be cured if they're found and treated in time. It is estimated that in New Zealand, about 1 person in every 3 who gets cancer is cured. This MOH webpage provides information on common cancers, as well as links to many helpful cancer-related websites.

Breast Cancer Foundation

  • The Breast Cancer Foundation aims to prevent New Zealanders developing and dying from breast cancer and to improve the quality of life of those who have the disease. The website contains information on awareness and education, and support. It also highlights multiple opportunities to get involved with raising money and awareness.

Mesothelimona guide

  • Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the protective lining around important organs, such as the lungs. This website provides information on mesothelioma including types of malignant mesothelioma, prognosis, causes and risk factors and treatments.