Well Child: Giving your child the best start in life
Celebrate the importance of the Well Child programme during Well Child Week (27th February to 5th March 2017).
The early years of life set the foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing. Well Child/Tamariki Ora is a free service provided by the Ministry of Health for all New Zealand children from birth to five years.
Well Child can support parents and families to protect and improve a child’s health, so they can grow and develop to their full potential. The programme includes free 13 wellness checks, including a general practitioner check at 6 weeks of age, and immunisations according to the National Immunisation Schedule.
The Well Child services are an important gateway to targeted and specialist health, education and social services for children and families/whānau with additional needs.
Well Child services are provided by a number of people, including:
- Lead maternity carers (LMCs) such as midwives, obstetricians and general practitioners;
- Registered nurses;
- Nurse practitioners;
- General practitioners (GPs);
- Community health workers, Karitane and Kaiāwhina;
- Vision and hearing technicians (VHTs);
- Newborn hearing screeners; and
- Authorised vaccinators.
Source: Well Child website.Published on Monday, December 12th, 2016, under Uncategorised