New Zealand Child and Youth Clinical Network
A clinical network is a linked group of professionals and organisations working together in a co-ordinated manner with clear governance and accountability arrangements. Structured Clinical Networks offer a way of linking specific services, or programmes, so as to achieve a continuum of care along which patients and their families travel.
Since 2010 the Ministry of Health has contracted the Paediatric Society to provide a New Zealand Child and Youth Clinical Network Programme.
The Kidshealth Website has the mission to provide accurate and reliable information about children's health for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whānau.
New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service
New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) is a multi-disciplinary research team established in 2004. We are based within the Paediatrics section of the Department of Women's and Children's Health, in the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago.
We collate and disseminate information on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in New Zealand. This is done mainly through the reports we produce annually on indicators of health and wellbeing for:
- New Zealand children and young people
- Children and young people residing in each District Health Board
- Māori tamariki and rangatahi
- Pasifika children and young people
These reports provide the New Zealand health sector with up-to-date and accurate information about the health of children and young people. They seek to highlight disparities in child and youth health, or cases where inequities in service provision mean that children and young people are not reaching their full potential. The reports contribute to the evidence base for policy development in child youth health.
NZ Paediatric Surveillance Unit
The New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit was established with funding from the Ministry of Health in order to undertake surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) for the Ministry's National Certification Committee for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis (NCCEP). The World Health Organization (WHO), as part of the global eradication process, requires such surveillance to confirm New Zealand is free of poliomyelitis.
Opportunities have also been taken to study other uncommon high-impact conditions. Most of these studies have been undertaken by paediatricians with a particular interest.
The New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit is part of the Department of Women's and Children's Health, Dunedin School of Medicine.
NZ Telepaediatrics was founded in 2001 as a partnership between Starship Foundation, the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and 10 founding District Health Boards. The NZ TelePaediatric Society, was a non-profit incorporated society set up with the aim of providing a core communication network to ensure equity of access to specialist medical care for all children regardless of where they live.
This collaboration led to the establishment of a national infrastructure for the delivery of managed videoconferencing enabling the Paediatric and other health care communities to deliver professional education, workforce development and ongoing clinical care.
In 2008 the NZ Telepaediatric Service was renamed Vivid Solutions and operates with the governance input of the Telepaediatric Trust. Vivid Solutions has developed into the largest private, New Zealand-owned, video conferencing network in Australasia. Today all 20 District Health Boards use Vivid Solutions services, as do correctional facilities, social support groups and not-for-profit organisations.
The Telapediatric Trust Board includes representatives of PSNZ who ensure that paediatric telemedicine interests are protected and enhanced. The Trust has a charitable purpose and seeks to bestow contestable grants annually in support of communications work in child health in Aotearoa.