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Health Passport

What is a Health Passport?

A  Health Passport is a booklet that you can carry with you when attending hospitals or other providers of health and disability services. A Health Passport contains information about how you want people to communicate with you and support you.

Introducing the Health Passport

The Health and Disability Commissioner is working with District Health Boards (DHBs) throughout New Zealand to introduce the Health Passport into our hospitals.

To date there are now several DHBs where the Health Passport is fully integrated into use in hospitals as a key tool for patient care. HDC is working closely with other DHBs to introduce the Health Passport.

From 1 July 2013, HDC will be working directly with relevant community organisations to facilitate distribution of passports to consumers on a nationwide basis. Advocates from the Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service will assist HDC with the distribution of health passports in all rest homes and disability residential homes throughout the country.

You can now take your health passport to your local hospital irrespective of the region you live in.

Please read Getting the best out of your Health Passport for further useful information.


How do I get a Health Passport?

Download: Download the Passport or the Guide

Order online: Go to our online shop (resources are free for consumers).

Completing your Health Passport

If you need assistance with completing the passport, ask your support person or a member of your family to help you. The Guide to completing the passport provides helpful examples and explanations. Fill in as much or as little as you like - not all the information may apply to you.


For further information, or to provide feedback on the Health Passport, contact us on:

Freephone: 0800 11 22 33; or