Well Child Tamariki Ora and Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) representatives joined forces to improve understanding about local child health outcomes for women and children aged 0-5 last month. Almost 40 health professionals from across the child health and maternity sector attended the ‘Combined WCTO/LMC Update Session,’ which also provided an opportunity for networking and strengthening relationships.
The event was held in Greymouth on 16 August and a diverse range of disciplines were represented, including LMCs, nurses, social workers, DHB planning and funding, WCTO providers, core midwives and PHOs. Updates were provided by Pregnancy and Parenting Education, Mum4Mum breastfeeding service, Smokefree pregnancies/Smokefree families, and an immunisation coordinator. A discussion was held about the Raising Healthy Kids national target and a dietician shared healthy nutrition in pregnancy and early childhood advice.
Overall, participant feedback was positive and reinforced the need to continue the session annually. The majority reported the session met their expectations and found value in the information provided. A larger venue will be provided for the session next year and ideas for additional topics/services to consider included oral health services, WCTO providers, LMC and paediatric updates.
The majority of participants planned to implement a number of the processes they learnt into practice, including a better understanding of WCTO providers in the community, an improved understanding about referral pathways – especially the difference between the newborn multi enrolment notification and referral by LMCs to WCTO providers – as well as a different approach to talking about healthy eating with parents.