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 have broader effects on educational achievement, violence, crime and unemployment.
We provide a wide range of hospital and community based services for babies, children, young people and their families.
Our philosophy of care is centred around The Rights of Every Child
Our service aspires to promote and protect the rights of children and young people. For more detail about this please read the Charter on the Rights of Tamariki Children & Rangatahi Young People in Healthcare Services in Aotearoa.
The Charter launched in May 2011 recognises that newborn, children and young people experience illness, injury, and disability differently to adults.
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For more information on Childrens Health visit www.kidshealth.org.nz which is a joint initiative between the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Starship Foundation.Their mission is to provide accurate and reliable information about children.
Child Protection and the Vulnerable Children's Act (2014)
The Southern DHB adheres to the requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act (2014) through the availability of a Child Protection Policy, increased checks at interview and referencing stages of the recruitment process and undertaking Worker Safety checking upon commencement of employment and at regular intervals thereafter.