Community Service

Starship Community is a multidisciplinary team of professionals providing nursing, allied health, technical and cultural support to children, young people and their families living within the Auckland DHB area.

Starship Community combines the services formerly provided by the Community Child Health and Disability Teams (Child Development Team, Early Childhood Health Team, Child and Youth Health Team), Audiology, Family Options and Paediatric Homecare into 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:

School Based Services

  • School based healthcare in priority primary and intermediate schools
  • Immunisation programmes
  • Support for children with wetting and soiling problems
  • Facilitators in Health Promoting Schools

Home Based Nursing Services

  • 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

Well Child Tamariki Ora

  • Wrap around home based health and social support for families with children under 5 years of age including the before school check

Health Promotion

  • Programmes for priority preschools and schools to improve health and wellbeing

Child Developmental 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

The team is made up of:

  • Administration support
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Co-ordinator
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Dietitians
  • Facilitators in Health Promoting Schools
  • 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

All referrals to Locality Based Services must be emailed to  or faxed to (09) 631 0781.

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


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:

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