Ensuring a Healthy Winter: Updates and Resources from Ropata Health

As winter approaches, Ropata Health is committed to supporting the well-being of our community, especially those facing respiratory challenges. We are delighted to share some recent positive developments that will significantly benefit many individuals, including our valued respiratory community. Additionally, we are excited to introduce several initiatives and services that aim to enhance your ability to manage your health and create a safe and comfortable living environment. 

Removal of Prescription Co-payment Fee

We are pleased to announce that the recent budget announcement has eliminated the $5 prescription co-payment fee. This elimination marks a substantial breakthrough, as it removes a significant financial barrier for many individuals, particularly those in our respiratory community. We believe that this change will make a tangible difference in their ability to effectively manage their conditions and enhance their overall well-being.

Respiratory Health Review

Are you and your Whānau ready for the upcoming winter season? If you or your tamariki (children) have asthma or have been hospitalized due to a respiratory illness, we encourage you to book a funded Respiratory Health Review with our team of experienced clinicians. These reviews aim to equip you with essential tools and strategies to effectively manage your condition and reduce the risk of serious illness during the colder months. By proactively addressing your respiratory health needs, we can work together to ensure a healthier winter for you and your loved ones.

Extended Funding for Influenza Vaccination

Influenza can pose a significant threat to respiratory health, especially during the winter season. We are delighted to share that this year, the funding for influenza vaccination has been extended. For more information on how to access this extended funding, please refer to our News entry here. By taking advantage of this opportunity, you can protect yourself and your family from the potentially severe consequences of the flu.

Well Homes Program

We understand that housing conditions play a vital role in maintaining overall health and well-being. If you or your family are facing housing problems, we encourage you to explore the Well Homes program. This free service is designed to assist Whānau in living in warm, dry, safe, and healthy homes. Well Homes is available to individuals who meet the following criteria:

If you have a low income or are eligible for a Community Services Card (CSC), experience housing-related health issues or are pregnant or a new parent and reside in the greater Wellington region. You can apply for the Well Homes Program.

To apply for the Well Homes program, simply visit their website and complete the online application. A dedicated Well Homes administrator will then reach out to you via phone to discuss your situation and connect you with the most appropriate housing service.

Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme

For low-income homeowners, the Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme offers insulation and heater grants. This government initiative aims to improve living conditions for individuals facing financial constraints. To determine your eligibility for this program, you can visit the following link By accessing these grants, you can ensure a warmer and more comfortable home environment during the winter season.

At Ropata Health, we are committed to empowering our community members to proactively manage their health and well-being. Let us work together to ensure a healthy and thriving community this winter. Stay well, stay prepared, and stay connected with Ropata Health.