Child Health Links

The First 1000 Days: A South Island Report

This report was prepared for the Hauora Alliance, a cross-sector partnership working to address South Island hauora from a population perspective and sets out to provide information to inform inter-sectoral planning, action and monitoring to enable the best start in life for every child in the South Island. Highlighted are the opportunities for inter-sectoral action by addressing gaps in leadership, accountability and monitoring; improving access to or engagement with existing services; improving co-ordination and integration of existing services, and addressing gaps and inequalities.

Using the Te Pae Mahutonga Framework, the report outlines the existing services available for whānau over the First 1000 days and provides key actions to improve outcomes for every South Island Child. The report was published in September 2018 and developed by Community and Public Health (Canterbury DHB) with the South Island Public Health Partnership as part of the Partnership’s contribution to the Hauora Alliance. The report includes a summary document, comprehensive report and appendices (links below).

Summary document

Comprehensive report



Talking about childhood obesity

A series of six videos by the Health Promotion Agency that aim to help health professionals have conversations about childhood obesity. The videos cover a number of topics, including:

  1. Starting the obesity conversation with families and whānau
  2. Food in Pacific cultures
  3. The role sleep plays in obesity
  4. Building relationships with Māori and whānau
  5. What is healthy eating?
  6. Getting children moving more

Talking about childhood obesity


Safe sleep practices through doll-play

Developed by Southern DHB, this video provides information and advice for early childhood educators to support them to:

  • describe messages and principles that can prevent SUDI
  • demonstrate role-modelling safe sleep practices with preschoolers
  • connect safe sleep practices with Te Whāriki - Early Childhood Curriculum.

View the video here.


Childhood obesity - making a difference

Dr Pat Tuohy also made a presentation on childhood obesity, to GPs in Gisborne. Held in July 2016, the 'Obesity in Christchurch' presentation is available to view here.

Professor Hayden McRobbie, the Raising Healthy Kids Clinical Practice Champion of Childhood Obesity, visited Christchurch to present his ideas on achieving the implementation of the Raising Healthy Kids target, in August 2016. His presentation is available to view here.


Learning from the past to prevent avoidable loss in the future

A poster summary of the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee’s 11th data report, 2010–14, including tips on the prevention of SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy), pertussis (whooping cough) and drive-way runovers.

View the poster here.


Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) quality improvement project

The South Island Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement project aims to enhance and support the national Well Child Tamariki Ora programme. For further information about the project, follow this link.


WCTO project information for the LMC

An update for the Lead Maternity Carer about the Well Child Tamariki Ora quality improvement project can be viewed here.


Healthy weight in childhood presentation

The first in a series of regional ‘roadshow’ presentations on healthy weight in childhood was held by the South Island Child Health Service Level Alliance in Nelson on February 24, 2016. The event focused on the Alliance’s healthy weight in childhood programme and introduced the South Island Child health Alliance’s healthy weight in childhood Clinical Advisory Group. The meeting also covered the Ministry of Health’s new childhood obesity target and other topics.

View the presentation information here


Paediatric Rheumatology Referral Criteria

In order to make triage and First Specialist Assessments as efficient as possible, the New Zealand Paediatric Rheumatology Services (NZPRS) have listed referral criteria and expectations.

View the referral criteria here



SPARX is an e-therapy program for young people with mild to moderate depression. It was designed as a stand-alone self-help intervention that can be accessed online 24/7 in private. SPARX was designed to address the gap in treatment options and uses proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to deal with symptoms of depression. SPARX was developed in New Zealand for New Zealand youth and is free of charge for all New Zealanders.


Starship Clinical Guidelines


Safe Sleep Resources

Policy and Implementation Guidelines:

  • Safe Sleep for Infants from birth to 6 months:  Click here
  • Safe Sleep Implementation Plan:  Click here
  • Safe Sleep Implementation Information (Progress Record):  Click here

Useful resources:

  • Safe Sleeping Information & Advice:  Click here
  • Unintended suffocation, foreign body inhalation and strangulation (special report):  Click here
  • Safe sleep poster:  Click here
  • HealthEd:  Keep your baby safe during sleep:  Click here
  • Kidshealth:  Keeping your baby safe during sleep:  Click here
  • Sids & Kids, Queensland:  Click here
  • Sids & Kids, Queensland:  Safe Sleeping:  Click here


The Werry Centre

The Werry Centre is a national centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health, led by Dr Sally Merry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and situated within Auckland University. The website hosts several resources for professionals interested in child and adolescent mental health and also offers a number of free e-learning courses including: 

  • HEEADSSS assessment training 
  • Foundations in Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health 
  • Co-Existing Problems (AOD and Mental Health) ?