New Zealand’s Maternity and Child Health Services: Preconception to 6 years

This chart shows the core publicly funded health services available to New Zealand families from preconception to six years of age. These universal (available to everybody) and targeted services (based on need) are delivered by a wide range of providers, including GPs and other primary care practitioners, lead maternity carers, well child nurses, kaiawhina, screeners, public health nurses and hospital based clinicians.

Services may be funded directly by the Ministry of Health or funded through DHBs or PHOs. While most universal and targeted services are accessible to eligible families free of charge, some services incur co-payments or fees. Targeted (including specialist) services are generally accessed by families following assessment and referral from a universal service provider, although some services such as hospital emergency departments are also accessed by families directly.

View the Preconception to 6 years funding chart (PDF, 201 KB)

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