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The Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme

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    The Well Child programme is a package of universal health services offered free to all New Zealand families/whānau for children from birth to 5 years.  The programme includes 12 core contacts as well as a general practitioner check at 6 weeks, linked to the 6-week immunisations.

    The early years of life set the foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing. The Well Child services help families/whānau to improve and protect their children’s health. They also serve as an important gateway to targeted and specialist health, education and social services for children and families/whānau with additional needs.

    The Well Child services aim to:

    • provide you with the knowledge and skills to respond to your child’s needs at the different stages of their development
    • provide reassurance that your child is developing normally, through growth and development assessments
    • inform you about, and provide immunisation
    • support and help you to identify your needs as a parent, and link you with community and other services.

    Who does Well Child checks?

    Well Child services are provided by a number of people. These include:

    • Lead maternity carers (LMCs — includes midwives, obstetricians and general practitioners)
    • Registered nurses
    • Nurse practitioners
    • General practitioners
    • Paediatricians
    • Community health workers, Karitane and Kaiāwhina
    • Vision and hearing technicians (VHTs)
    • Newborn hearing screeners
    • Authorised vaccinators.

     

    Family / whānau
    Mother and child / Māmā and pēpi

    Charges

    No fees apply

    Age groups

    • Child / Tamariki
    • Adult / Pakeke