Healing and inclusive

Support Resources

Following the appalling and tragic events of Friday 15 March, we have been communicating with members of the Canterbury Branch and other health and physiotherapy organisations to gather together resources that can provide advice and support to all our members.

Physiotherapy is a healing profession, and this act of terrorism affects us as health practitioners, our families / whanau and friends, our patients and the community we know as Aotearoa New Zealand.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to look for relevant information and share with us.


Workshop: Understanding Mental Health in Oriental and Islamic Cultures

On Thursday 23 May, MHERC (Mental Health Education and Resource Centre) are running a workshop on Understanding Mental Health in Oriental and Islamic Cultures. This workshop is for those who would like to develop a greater understanding of health, mental health issues and cultural understandings from both Oriental and Islamic perspectives in order to work more effectively with a multi-cultural client base. Register here.

Read about other MHERC workshops in their April 2019 newsletter.


Welcome sign

For anyone who would like to use them, please find links to download welcome signs below – translated in Arabic, English and Moari. Many thanks to Associate Professor Doa El-Ansary and Transformer Design for helping make these available.

New patient consent form and welcome message

The Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and PNZ have provided an ACC client consent form as well as welcome message for practices, translated into multiple languages below.

New Zealand resources and links
  • NEED TO TALK? Call or Text 1734. This contact number is available to all in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Information from Health Central NZ
  • “Like people all around the country, here at Health Central we are reeling with the shock of what happened in Christchurch last week. In our update we provide some practical support and advice.” Kia kaha, New Zealand. Stay Strong.
Resources to help with mental distress after Christchurch incident
  • The Ministry of Health has made new resources available to support those who are experiencing mental distress following the horrific Christchurch mosque shootings. Read more.
Christchurch mosque shootings: Mental health helpline inundated with calls
  • A mental health helpline has been inundated with calls following the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch. Read more.
How to talk to your kids about: Trauma
  • The Parenting Place team in Christchurch has a psychologist's age-by-age guide for those affected by Friday's events. Read more.
The Paper Doll Project – why the Christchurch mosque shootings won’t define Kiwi values
  • Two Bay of Plenty siblings are eager for other Kiwi kids to support them in demonstrating that Aotearoa New Zealand is a place of diversity and acceptance. They want schools and families to send in their paper doll chains to form a single long, colourful chain representing harmony between cultures. Read more.
Businesses Supporting Christchurch: What you can do
  • An article from stepchangers.org for businesses. Read more.
Related international links shared by the wider physiotherapy community 
From our Canadian physiotherapy colleagues
From our Australian physiotherapy colleagues

Updated April 2019