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Contact Public Health Nursing - Te Punaka Oraka

Our mission statement

E tipu e rea
Kia tū rakatira ai
I roto I tōhou ake ao

Grow tender young shoot with mana,
dignity and respect,
and with your uniqueness.

Who are we?

Registered nurses and health professionals who have knowledge, experience and training in tamariki/child, rangatahi/youth and whānau/family health.

What can we offer?
  • This is a free and confidential service for children and young people and their whānau.
  • The service provides nursing support, advice, referral and coordinated services for ages 0-18years who are eligible for and/or attending early childhood centres/kura/schools and youth clinics.
  • Registered nurses are available to listen and talk with parents/caregivers about children’s health and wellbeing.
  • School and preschool health, well tamariki/child and rangatahi/youth health assessments, with the aim of improving, promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their family/whānau.
  • Rural ranagatahi/youth health
Who do we work with?
  • Tamariki/children
  • Rangatahi/young people
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Whānau/families
  • Early childhood centres/kura and schools
  • Other health, education and support providers
Where do we work?
  • In the community
  • At school or pre-school
  • Kohanga Reo
  • Kura Kaupapa.
  • At your home.
  • Alternative training institutions.
  • At the workplace.
  • At a venue of your choice.
Rangatahi/young people can also meet with a public health nurse at:
  • Self referral clinics at Intermediate, area schools and some secondary schools.
  • Other schools by appointment.
  • At community clinics (rural Nurse).
Kura/school and preschool health
  • Advice, education and support to schools and early childhood centres on child health and development, health promotion, prevention and protection in context of child/youth health and wellbeing.
  • Communicable disease/immunisation advice and support.
  • School based vaccination in some areas.
Well Child Tamariki Ora
  • Before School Checks (12th and final Well Child Check).
  • Tamariki/child health developmental, physical wellbeing and behavioural assessments, brief interventions and referrals.
  • Home visiting.
  • Health and Disability coordinated care across schools, home and other agencies.
  • Communicable disease/immunisation advice and support.
  • Health education, advice and support to tamariki/children, rangatahi/young people and whānau/family.
Rangatahi/youth health
  • Our service offers diversity and free & confidential individual health and wellbeing youth assessments.
  • Education and health promotion, prevention and protection.
  • Brief intervention and referral as well as access and support to other services.
  • Health and disability coordinated care across school, home and other agencies.
  • School rangatahi/youth health clinics.
  • Rural rangatahi/youth sexual health and contraceptive clinics up to age 25 years.
  • School based year 9 assessments/alternative education assessments (decile 5 and below schools).
Speciality Services
  • Gateway assessment (Health, Oranga Tamariki and Education coordinated health and wellbeing/education assessments).
  • Immunisation coordinators provide advice, support and authorisation for cold chain accreditation for vaccination programmes.
  • Outreach/home visiting immunisation service.
  • Health services are provided to Puketai residential care facility, group home, teen parent centres and some activity and alternative education facilities.
What happens to your information?
  • All Southern DHB Health Professionals and support staff adhere to the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights and Health Information Privacy Code.
  • Te Punaka Oraka Service keeps a record of the public health nurses/registered nurses visits/ interactions with clients and this is kept in order to document progress and outcomes. This is stored as part of the Southern DHB patient health record.
  • An interpreter service is available by prior arrangement through your health provider.
  • Your health information is viewable by other relevant Southern DHB health professionals and your General Practice.
  • Non-identifiable patient information is used for statistical and research purposes in order to make quality improvements and to align resources correctly.
  • You have the right to withdraw consent of information to be stored and used for research/statistics.
  • Southern DHB promotes the safety and welfare of all clients and requires all health professionals to report safety concerns for children/young people and their families/caregivers.
  • Clients have the right to access and request correction of their information. This can be arranged via Patient Enquiries (Otago) or Clinical Records (Southland).
  • Otago Contact:
    Patient Enquiries
    information@southerndhb.govt.nz
  • Southland Contact:
    Clinical Records
    clinicalrecordssth@southerndhb.govt.nz
Contact Us

All referrals/inquiries can be sent to: publichealthnursing@southerndhb.govt.nz

Main office Dunedin/Otago: (03) 476 9800
Freephone/text: 0800 247 224

Other offices in Otago:

Central Lakes offices:

Main office Invercargill/Southland: (03) 211 0012

Other Southland offices: