The close collaboration of child health professionals working via the Child Health Service Level Alliance (CHSLA) is helping to deliver a better, more efficient health service for children, young people and their families living in the South Island. The CHSLA is driving initiatives designed to ensure children and their families can easily access the best services possible, in a timely way, to improve their overall health and social service outcomes. There are three key focus areas:
Taken together, this work is set to contribute to improved outcomes in many measures of child health and wellbeing including Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants and increased awareness in safe sleep practices, implementing the NZ children’s action plan to support vulnerable children and their families, reducing unnecessary admissions to hospital for children and improved access to primary care health services for young people.
Implementing activities that support New Zealand children to grow up healthy and protect them from child abuse are key features of the CHSLA workplan. Action areas underway by the group include:
These projects will focus on ensuring improved health and social service outcomes for those most vulnerable within our communities.
The second focus is on ensuring better health and wellbeing for young people, especially those sub-groups within the population at high risk of mental health issues including Māori and Pacific youth. Action areas underway by the CHSLA include:
These projects will combine to support a pathway to improve outcomes for Māori and Pacific youth with mental health conditions, as well as promote downward trends in youth alcohol related presentations and alcohol-related harm amongst young people.
The CHSLA is undertaking activities to support innovation, good practice and equity of access to health services based on the Children's Commissioner Compass report (2013). Action areas underway include:
Facilitator: Stephanie Read, South Island Alliance Programme Office
Phone: 027 652 9211