Well Child Tamariki Ora

The South Island Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement project aims to enhance and support the national Well Child Tamariki Ora programme.

Our focus is on quality improvement, leading to better outcomes for our children. We aim to explore change and transformation in child health and inspire fresh thought, new ways of solving old problems, new ways of realising potential, and new ways of making effective change happen.

This project relies on the support of everyone, including Well Child service providers, lead maternity carers, and immunisation and oral health coordinators. Regardless of your role or area of interest, if you want to be involved in maternal or child health in a progressive and positive way, your input is valuable. It’s about placing child, family/whānau and community at the centre, to provide better health care experiences and improved health and equity.

The Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement project was formed to enhance and support the facilitation of Well Child Tamariki Ora services across the country. It is focused on building regional relationships, information sharing, and supporting the use of quality improvement tools for providers.

The project aims to achieve a standardised Well Child programme across clinical practice, improve service quality, and ensure better health outcomes for children aged 0 to five.

The project evolved after ministerial reviews of the Well Child Tamariki Ora programme indicated a need for improvement. An evidence-based quality framework was developed to ensure the programme consistently achieved its aims.

Quality improvement framework

The purpose of the quality improvement framework is to support continuous quality improvement for the WCTO programme. Regular monitoring is an essential component of quality improvement.

The framework’s triple-aim approach focuses on:

  •  improved safety and quality experience for child, family/whānau and community
  •  improved health and equity for all populations
  •  best value for health system resource.