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Access is one of New Zealand’s leading healthcare organisations, specialising in home-based healthcare and support. Access works with the Ministry of Health, the District Health Boards and ACC among others, to care for more than 14,000 people around the country.

 Supporting New Zealanders for over 80 years 

Access has been supporting New Zealanders since 1927 when the ‘bush nurses’ provided home care services as part of the Women’s Division of Federated Farmers (WDFF). In those days much of New Zealand was rural and our founders’ vision was to bring quality home-based care to all parts of the country. WDFF has since become Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) and the homecare service they pioneered has grown into Access. Today, Access remains owned by RWNZ and sits at the forefront of the home and community health sector. While Access has expanded, and its model of care has developed since the early days − innovation being integral to its service − it continues to celebrate the legacy of the rural founders and embrace their ideals of caring, service, strength, loyalty, perseverance and equality. The Access organisation believes, just as the bush nurses believed in the 1920s, that all people have a right to access quality home care and support services.


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