Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service

Lakes DHB is the ACC provider for care of children, adolescents and adults who have been subject to sexual assault. The service is available 24/7, with an on call Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service (SAATS) Medical Officer to coordinate the required and timely medical response.





There is a designated SAATS team, including medical staff, who are trained in the assessment and management of sexual assault, including GPs and Paediatricians, assisted by a small team of Registered Nurses who have also undertaken formal sexual assault training.



  • SAATS Service Facilitator is Christine Payne, Clinical Nurse Director, Woman Child and Family Service.


  • Adult/Adolescent lead clinician is Dr Cate Mills General Practitioner.


  • Child lead clinician is Dr Sonja Crone, Paediatrician.





Referrals can be made to the on call SAATs Medical Officer via the Rotorua Hospital switchboard 07 349 7955.


Referrals may be received from individuals, the police, health and other agencies on behalf of the person who has been subjected to an assault.





The service offers health examination including the collection of forensic evidence as needed in a dedicated SAATS consulting suite adjacent to the Women's Clinic at Rotorua hospital.


The service involves a formal collaboration between the Lakes District Health Board, Ministry of Social Development (MSD) / Child Youth and Family (CYFs) and NZ Police and is also supported by Victim Support Service, Sexual Abuse Counselling Services and Atawhai Services based in Rotorua.


For further information about the service please contact the SAATS Service Facilitator via Rotorua Hospital.