Well Child Services

All children from birth through to five years of age are eligible for free Well Child Services.

The Well Child programme includes immunisations, health assessments and at four years of age, psychological assessments.  Your midwife should refer you to a Well Child provider who takes over from your midwife at 6 weeks of age. Plunket is NZs largest Well Child provider or click here to find one in your region throughout New Zealand.

Your baby will also be enrolled with your registered general practice soon after birth so they can receive essential health care including immunisations on time.  

Other agencies and services involved in Well Child services are the Immunisation Advisory Centre  and the WERRY Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

 

Appointments for your baby

Well Child Tamariki Ora health assessments are timed to match with important stages in your child’s life. More visits may be arranged if you and your child need additional care and support.

Age of child

Appointment

Birth-24 hours See the birth assessment
Within 48 hours See the 24–48 hours assessment
First week See the First week assessment
2-6 weeks See the 2–6 weeks LMC final assessment
Lead Maternity Carer completes referral forms to Well Child provider, general practitioner and Community Oral Health Service 
4-6 weeks See the 4–6 weeks assessment
6 weeks Immunisation, hip screening, vision check 
8-10 weeks See the 8–10 weeks assessment
3-4 months See the 3–4 months assessment
5-7 months See the 5–7 months assessment
9-12 months See the 9–12 months assessment
15-18 months See the 15–18 months assessment
2-3 years See the 2–3 years assessment
B4 School Check See the B4 School Check 

Source:  Well Child Tamariki Ora

 

Vision and hearing screening record

Vision and hearing screening, part of the Well Child Tamariki Ora service, is designed to identify hearing problems at birth and specific vision and hearing problems at around 4 to 5 years and at 11 years. Your child will be offered hearing screening soon after birth, and vision and hearing screening as part of their B4 School Check and then at school when they are 11.

Age

Screen

Birth-1 month Newborn Hearing
Eye - red reflux
B4 School Check Hearing screening
Vision screening

Source:  Well Child Tamariki Ora

 

Dental services

Dental education, preventive and basic treatment services are provided free of charge to pre-school, primary school age children and adolescents up until their 18th birthday.  Parents can enrol their children directly or referrals can be made by Well Child providers or general practitioners.  Click here to view a video on oral health.

When phoning 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583):

  • PRESS 1 if your child is between 0 and 12 years old.
  • PRESS 2 if your child is between school year 9 and 17 years old.
  • PRESS 3 if you have a general question about teeth and oral health.

 

Content provided by Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts is currently the Clinical Manager for TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service, based with the Pacific Health team, University of Auckland. Mary Roberts background is a Registered Nurse who specialises in child health. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science and has recently graduated with a Masters of Nursing.  Married to Michael, and mother to 4 children Hereine, Michaela, Joseph and Sasha.