Advocacy for children

The expertise and multiple skill set of the Moana Research team has allowed for team members to be invited onto multiple advisory groups. 

In 2008 the Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) discussed with the Ministry of Health (MoH) the value of developing national child and youth clinical networks. A contract was subsequently developed between MoH and the PSNZ and a range of deliverables were agreed. These included incorporating the benefits of networks, sector consultation and the development of a formal process for a national network development programme.

The Operation Leads expertise in child health,  permitted involvement of a Pacific health clinician to be part of the advisory group for the New Zealand (national) Child and Youth Clinical Network. Being part of this group since working at TAHA Maternal and Child Health and continuing while working at Moana Research, has provided discussions and content with a valuable Pacific lens. The Seventh Annual Report for the programme can be read here

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