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Privacy statement
Published: 09/02/2015

Child health

When considering child health (0 – 14 years), we tend to look at two age groups, those children aged 0 -  4 years and those aged 5 - 14 years. Child health services are largely delivered based on developmental ages and stages. 

Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB have developed a joint Child Health Improvement Plan 2012-2017 to provide a framework for activities to improve the health of children and their families.  However, as with all plans there is a need to be flexible and adaptive so there are always new or additional elements which are incorporated. These generally arise from Ministry of Health directives or from recommendations made by the Auckland DHB Child Health Stakeholder Advisory Group.

There are a broad range of factors that influence the health of children (e.g. housing, education and income). While these are primarily outside the health sector, they have a profound influence on health status. At Auckland DHB, we will work across sectors in addressing health priorities such as rheumatic fever, skin sepsis, immunisation, injury prevention, oral health and Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI), in order to maximise health gain.

Auckland DHB-WDHB Child Health Improvement Plan 2012-2017

Vulnerable Children Act 2014

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 came into effect on 1 July 2014.  This Act impacts frontline staff in health, education, social development, justice and police.  The Act requires providers of services to children, or services to adults with respect to children have a Child Protection Policy in place to provide a framework to identify and manage actual and/or suspected child abuse and neglect. In addition, these providers will also be required to undertake new screening checks for government and community staff working with children.

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For further information contact:

Ruth Bijl, Strategy and Planning Manager, Women, Youth & Children, 09 630 9943 x 27920,  021 280 4310