The Ministry of Health, National Health IT Board and Midlands Health Network have joined together to roll out a new nation-wide programme to help make sure all New Zealand children receive the health care they are entitled to and no child falls through the cracks.
The national child health information programme is being carefully designed to track a child's health milestones from birth until they turn 18 years old. It is made up of:
Together, these new services will help you to provide the best health outcomes for the children in your care.
From birth the lead maternity carer will hand over the babies care to a nominated well child / tamariki ora provider and a GP. They will also be referred to the oral health service and enrolled on the National Immunisation Register and onto the National Child Health Information Platform.
Each health care provider will still do their own pre-calls, recalls and checks of course, but the programme will work alongside the provider to locate any child 'lost' to the health system.
This is about us all working together to make a positive difference to a child's health and wellbeing. All children and tamariki will be supported to receive proactive care and achieve their key health milestones on time.
We are providing a national service to help parents and caregivers find the right health provider for their child. In the future we intend to provide a "parent view" of their childs health milestone journey.
The Waikato Programme will be mid-2014 and run in the Waikato for the duration of 2014. After this it will be rolled out across the Midland DHB region, and then finally nationally.
Refer to links below for media articles about the Child and Youth Health Coordination Service:
Midlands to capture unenrolled under sixes - NZ Doctor - 9 July 2014. Requires NZ Doctor login
Child Health Information Programme: no child left behind - Pharmacy Today - 9 July 2014
NCHIP contracts Orion and BPac in information transparency pilot - ComputerWorld - 9 July 2014
The new child-health data sharing system that is being called a game changer - Radio New Zealand interview - 23 July 2014
More information for parents and providers about the Child and Youth Health Coordination Service is available at www.itsmyhealth.co.nz/cay-c.