Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse, with a focus on preconception until three years of age : Volume 1 Report of the Health Committee (Dr Paul Hutchison, Chairperson)
Contributor(s): Hutchison, Paul.Material type: BookPublisher: Wellington, N.Z. : NZ House of Representatives, 2013Description: electronic document (126 p.); PDF file: 1.31 MB; 125 p.; 30 cm.Subject(s): CHILDREN | HEALTH | HEALTH POLICY | INFANTS | INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION | INTERVENTION | MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES | MOTHERS | REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH | SEXUAL HEALTH | SUBSTANCE ABUSE | SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS | NEW ZEALAND | PREVENTION | GOVERNMENT POLICY | CHILD ABUSEDDC classification: 362.7 INQ Online resources: Click here to access online | Access the website
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Report of the Health Committee. Fiftieth Parliament
(Dr Paul Hutchison, Chairperson) November 2013
Presented to the House of Representatives
Introduction -- Ministry of Health report summary--The economics of early intervention with children--Pre-conception care and sexual and reproductive health--Social economic determinants of health and wellbeing--Improving nutrition and reducing obesity and related non-communicable diseases--Alcohol, tobacco, and drug harm--Maternity care and post-birth monitoring--Leadership, whole-of-government approach, and vulnerable children--Immunisation--Oral health--Collaboration, information sharing, and service integration--Research on children--Appendices A, B & C.
"The major recommendations of this inquiry ask the Government to put more focus on and investment into the pre-conception period to three years of age, and take a proactive, health-promotion, disease-prevention approach (based on scientific evidence) to improving children’s outcomes and diminishing child abuse."(from the Introduction). This is volume 1 of 2 - the full report, including the Health Committee's 130 recommendations. Volume 2 is a briefer summary of the literature and recommendations. Use the website link to access Volume 2.
The terms of reference for the inquiry were:
1 To update knowledge of what factors influence best childhood outcomes from before
conception to three years, and what are significant barriers.
2 What practical improvements can be made to health, education, social, and other
services, targeted at the pre-conception period that will improve infant and child outcomes (including the maintenance of a healthy body weight).
3 What practical improvements can be made to antenatal maternity services so that children “at risk” of adverse health outcomes are identified early, monitored appropriately, and followed through to achieve best outcomes.
4 What practical improvements can be made to postnatal services (including the interface between lead maternity caregiver, Plunket and primary care) to ensure best outcomes
5 What, if any improvements can be made to the “Well Child” services (especially hard to reach children).
6 What practical improvements or interventions can be made to achieve optimal outcomes for children from the six-week postnatal periods to three years of life, with particular reference to health services but not excluding education, social, housing, justice, and other determinants of health.
This inquiry commenced in February 2012, with public submissions closing in May 2012. The inquiry, chaired by Dr Paul Hutchison, reported back to Parliament on 18 November 2013. Use the website link for more information about the inquiry process.