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Health Star Pacific supports the direction by the Prime Minister for better public services results for New Zealanders. This includes the involvement of health services in reducing the number of assaults on children.

Ulufafo Tauai, Health Star Pacific Well Child nurse says, “We are making a huge difference to our GP service in addressing family violence using the Whanau Ora framework.”

Last week Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew announced, “Health professionals are taking a lead role in identifying and helping those vulnerable to abuse, with all 20 DHBs having set up Violence Intervention Programmes (VIPs).”

“These VIPs seek to reduce and prevent the health impacts of violence

We are making a huge difference to our GP service in addressing family violence using the Whanau Ora framework."

Ulufafo Tauai,
Health Star Pacific

and abuse through early identification, assessment and referral of victims presenting to DHBs,” said Mrs Goodhew.

“The DHBs are showing a true commitment not just to improving health outcomes, but to wider aspects of welfare.”

“They are tackling this issue head on and want to make a real difference to the vulnerable people in our communities. Health professionals are in a unique and privileged position to be able to respond when partner and child abuse and neglect concerns are identified.”

“Establishing mechanisms to identify and help those in violent situations is an integral part of the Government’s Supporting Vulnerable Children Action Plan – part of the programme of work to halt the rise in the number of assaults on children by 2017 as part of the Government’s Better Public Services targets.”

The Hospital Responsiveness to Family Violence evaluation of violence programmes carried out by AUT found that all DHBs have reached the Ministry of Health’s target for implementing partner abuse and child abuse and neglect intervention programmes a year earlier than expected.

“This isn’t just about health; it’s about all services right across government making an effort to tackle this in partnership with our communities. This is something we all need to work together on,” Mrs Goodhew says.

There is now a national Memorandum of Understanding between Child, Youth and Family, Police and DHBs for interagency collaboration around child protection concerns. Almost all DHBs also have agreements with regional refuge or similar services to support health professional training.
The AUT evaluation report is available at

Photo Caption 1: Taiivao Siniva Cruickshank (Personal Health Manager & Midwife), Ulufafo Tauai (Wellchild & Practice Nurse) and Juanita To’o (Practice Manager).

Photo Caption 2: Juanita To’o (Wellchild & Practice Nurse), Teleiai Edwin Puni (Business & Practice Manager), Gloria Sica (Healthcare Support) at HSPT Eastbay clinic.

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