Child Health

Every Child Counts is the philosophy held by Manaia Health PHO and the Child Health Team.  The team is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our children and continue to grow and improve services for Northland tamariki through a number of highly valued programmes such as B4 School Checks, Child Immunisations and Outreach Service, Child Friendly Cities, Oranga Kai and Healthy Homes just to name a few. 

Manaia Health Te aro o te ha


From Left: Fiona Gray, Rachael Hetaraka, Jaleesa Neho, Lisa Hemara, Fiona Cowlishaw, Terri Morrissy, Rae Jones, Georgia Giles, Jocelyn Apeldoorn, Carol Boustead.

Absent: Kellie Priest

Free GP visits for 6-12 Year Olds

From 1 October 2014, Manaia Health PHO introduced free GP visits, after-hours and prescriptions for children aged 6-12 year olds enrolled in a Northland PHO general practice. By agreement between Northland DHB, Manaia Health PHO and Te Tai Tokerau PHO, this initiative was put in place ahead of the proposed national roll-out on 1 July 2015. Whilst it was optional for Northland general practices to participate, they all chose to take part.  From 1 July 2015 this programme was rolled out nationally by the Ministry of Health.

 

 

 

Before School Checks

 

The B4 School Check is a free comprehensive health and development check for all 4 year olds.  It aims to promote health and wellbeing and identify behavioural, developmental or other health concerns that may affect your child’s ability to learn at school.  Our aim is for tamariki to get the best start at school and receive additional support if needed.  Read more… [link]

Child Immunisations and Outreach Service

 

During childhood, our tamariki are exposed to thousands of germs, some of which are potentially harmful to their health. Immunisation is the most effective way to actively protect your child from preventable diseases ranging from whooping cough to meningitis and measles.

 

For more information about child immunisations, when and where to get them [link]

Child Friendly Cities

 

Whangarei has become the first city in New Zealand to register their commitment to becoming a Child and Youth Friendly City – as promoted by the international movement of Child Friendly Cities around the world. This is a long-term project that will shape the philosophy and priorities of the city to ensure that children are front and centre in the way that we do things in Whangarei. Read more [link]

Oranga Kai Cooking Workshops

 

Supporting whanau and their support agencies to learn about cooking & gardening on a budget

 

These six week workshops are developed with participants helping to plan the sessions. Sessions are
based around healthy preparation & cooking techniques and tailored to what participants are
interested in learning about. Participants are then supported to grow their own skills in cooking and gardening by being part of a 'hands on, get in there and have a go' approach.  Read more [link]

 

Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau

 

Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau aims to retrofit insulation into all low income homes in Northland.  8,000 homes have been insulated and another 12,000 remain.  GPs and other health services can refer people to Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau with a priority on children and older people.  For more information [link]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manawa Ora Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme

 

The Manawa Ora Healthy Homes Programme is a FREE health and housing initiative that supports whanau/families to create healthier homes that are warmer, dryer and safer.  The project is for tamariki living with rheumatic fever, or at risk of developing rheumatic fever.

 

Some of the services that the Manawa Ora Healthy Homes Programme can offer include ceiling and floor insulation, heating devices, thermal curtains, draught stoppers, mould kits, beds, blankets and pillows, smoke alarms and fire safety education, just to name a few. For more information contact Melanie Dalziel melanied@manaiapho.co.nz