Good child health is important not only for children and families now, but also for good health later in adulthood.
A number of the risk factors for many adult diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some mental health conditions such as depression, arise in childhood. Child health, development and wellbeing also has broader effects on educational achievement, violence, crime and unemployment.
This section provides information for child health service providers to help support their care of children/tamariki.
In this section
- The Well Child/Tamariki Ora service provides health education and promotion, health protection and clinical assessment, and family/whānau support. Read more
- The B4 School Check is a free health and development check for 4-year-olds. It’s part of the Well Child Tamariki Ora schedule of services. Read more
- Health Promoting Schools involves the whole school community working together to address the health and wellbeing of students, staff and their community. Read more
- Documents published by the Ministry on child health in New Zealand. Read more
- Chart showing the core publicly funded health services available to New Zealand families from preconception to six years of age. Read more
- A range of youth mentoring programmes are being promoted as part of the Children’s Action Plan. Read more