Community Service

Starship Community is a multidisciplinary team of professionals providing nursing, allied health (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, dietetics), technical and cultural support to children, young people and their families living within the Auckland DHB area.

Starship Community provides one coordinated service that operates in the five DHB locality areas (See ADHB Locality map below for further details).


The Starship Community Locality teams provide the following services (see details below under "Services" heading):

  • Community Nursing
  • Health Promotion
  • Child Development Services
  • Complex Medical Issues
  • Refugee and New Migrant
  • Culturally Appropriate Social Support

The team is made up of:

  • Administration support
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Co-ordinator
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Dietitians
  • Health Promoters
  • Needs assessment and respite support for medically fragile children
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Social Workers

Referral Expectations

Referrals are accepted from parents/caregivers, community workers, health professionals and teachers via:


Within the Starship Community Service is the Hearing and Ear Health Team, which combines Audiology, Newborn Hearing Screening, Ear Nurses and Vision and Hearing Testers as one team.

The Hearing and Ear Health team provide the following services:

  • Mobile ear clinics (follow the link for more information)
  • Hearing assessment and intervention at Greenlane Clinical Centre
  • Vision and hearing testing

The team is made up of:

  • Administration support
  • Audiologists
  • Ear Nurses
  • Newborn Hearing Screeners
  • Vision and Hearing Testers

Referral Expectations

Who Can Refer:  General Practitioners and other health professionals

All referrals to the Hearing and Ear Health Team must be sent to the Central Referrals Office via one of the below methods:

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

Community Nursing

  • School based healthcare and health promotion in priority primary and intermediate schools
  • School based immunisation programmes
  • Support for children with wetting and soiling problems
  • Acute and long term assessment and support for children and young people with health needs
  • Follow up on discharge from hospital, wound care, home IV medication administration
  • Wrap around Well Child Tamariki Ora home based services for families with children under 5 years of age including the B4 school check

Health Promotion

  • Programmes to improve health and wellbeing

Child Development Services

  • Assessment and therapy support for children with developmental difficulties or a disability
  • Co-ordination and support for families with children on the autistic spectrum

Complex Medical Issues

  • Respite assessment and support packages for medically fragile children and young people
  • Feeding and dietary assessment and support

Refugee and New Migrant

  • Support, health promotion and advocacy

Culturally Appropriate Social Support

  • Dedicated social workers and community health workers providing family and cultural support and advocacy
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