Sleep and Nutrition in the early years have been an important area we have advocated for over the years. Earlier in May, we were invited by Te Hiringa Hauroa to present at the Manaaki Tamariki: Hui on Sleep and Nutrition in Wellington and share what Moana Research has been working on within this space.
When we think of sleep, we often think of ‘safe sleep spaces’ for our babies, especially when protecting them against Sudden Unexplained Death in Infants or SUDI. SUDI is the most common cause of postneonatal mortality (28 days to 1 year of age) in New Zealand, mainly affecting Maori and Pacific babies. As such, we’re grateful to continue providing advocacy for our Pacific families and work closely with Hapai Te Hauora and the SUDI Prevention National Coordination service – a continuation of our work at TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service.
Alongside our colleagues Dr Rose Richards and Albany Lucas from the University of Otago, our presentation focused on “Empowering the Pacific world view to support Pasifika health and wellbeing in New Zealand with a focus on sleep”.
We were able to share our past, current and future work which included:
- A history of the Pacific SUDI prevention service and TAHA Maternal and Child Health Services (1997-2017)
- 2018 – Consumer perspectives on SUDI protection models (commissioned by Counties Manukau Health) https://www.moanaresearch.co.nz/consumer-perspectives-on-sudi-protection-model/
- 2019 – Review and Update of the Maternal (Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women), Infant and Toddler Dietary Guidelines (comissioned by The University of Auckland) https://www.mdpi.com/2504-3900/37/1/45
- 2019 – Signed MoU with Hapai Te Hauora and SUDI steering committee
- 2020-2022 – Moemoeā – sleep, health, communication, and wellbeing (partnership with University of Otago)
- 2020-2022 – A study of Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori, and Niuean infant care practices (partnership with University of Auckland)