Well Child Public Health Services

Well Child and Public Health Services provide a range of support opportunities designed to protect and improve your child's health.

Other services specific to youth health are also available.

Take a look at what is provided:


Public health nursing

As part of our Well Child and Public Youth Health services, there are a number of health checks available.

This includes B4 School Checks and vision and hearing checks for children aged 3 - 11 years. Our public health youth nurses also provide a school-based vaccination programme including Mantoux (tuberculosis) testing.

Public health nurses can refer your child to an appropriate agency for further assessments and treatment if required.


Youth health nursing

Our public health youth nurses also provide complete health assessments for youth within secondary schools, kura kaupapa, alternate education providers and the youth justice system.

The majority of our assessments follow a Home, Education, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Suicide and Depression (HEEADSSS) framework. You can view the HEEADSSS assessment structure on the Starship Children's Hospital website.


What is a HEEADSSS Assessment

This is an assessment tool that identifies challenges, concerns, and strengths that may impact on a young person's health outcomes, educational and social wellbeing.

It is used by Public Health Nurses at Hauora Tairāwhiti and in DHBs across New Zealand.

HEEADSSS Assessment is designed to be used in a conversational format and may cover issues such as current health concerns, interests and activities outside of school, nutrition and exercise and education and advice on risky behaviour relating to relationships and sexuality.

If you would like further information about the HEEADSS Assessment, contact Wellchild Services on 06 869 2095 or freephone: 0800 935 524


Gateway Co-ordination

The Gateway Programme provides a comprehensive health assessment for youth with an objective to enhance the child or young person's wellbeing.

The programme identifies the young person's unmet needs and makes referrals to appropriate services to address these needs.


Communicable disease management

We respond to incidences of notifiable disease or disease outbreaks by working alongside Hauora Tairāwhiti Health Protection Officers and Medical Officer of Health.


Immunisation Co-ordination

One of the goals is to promote immunisation through providing guidance, education and support to families throughout the Tairāwhiti region.

A National Immunisation Register exists to manage immunisation rates of all children in the Tairāwhiti region born after 15 August 2005.

For this age group, data on Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Influenza is collected.


Outreach immunisation

This is a service that promotes immunisation, provides advice and support to whānau in Tairāwhiti with children aged 0 - 6 years having difficulty accessing primary health services for immunisation events. 


Mobile Ear Nurses

On referral, our mobile ear service provides treatment, management and referral services for ear conditions for children and youth aged 0 - 18 years of age throughout the Tairāwhiti region.


Operating hours for Well Child and Youth Health services

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Our nurses visit clients in their homes, schools or any other venue deemed appropriate.

Services are provided outside of these hours if necessary.


Contact us

Phone: 06 869 2095

Free Phone: 0800 935 524

Fax 06 869 2093


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