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Description

Mana Kidz is a free, nurse-led, school-based programme that provides comprehensive healthcare for children in the Counties Manukau Health region. The programme is led by the National Hauora Coalition in partnership with Counties Manukau Health and is supported by local providers: Kidz First, Tāmaki Health Care, Pasefika Family Health Group, Turuki Health Care, Te Hononga O Tāmaki Me Hoturoa, South Seas, Tongan Health Society and Kootuitui/Papakura Marae. 

Starting in July 2012, Mana Kidz clinics now operate in 88 primary and intermediate schools in the Ōtara, Māngere, Manurewa, Franklin and Papakura communities. 59 school clinics have a registered nurse and whānau support worker providing healthcare daily which includes rheumatic fever prevention services, skin infection treatment and management and health assessments. 29 school clinics have a registered nurse in weekly (or according to the schools need) who provides child health assessments and management.

Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ManaKidz

Other related web pages:

https://www.nhc.Māori.nz/our-mahi

http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/rheumatic-fever 

http://www.hpa.org.nz/what-we-do/rheumatic-fever

Ages

Child / Tamariki

How do I access this service?

Contact us

Through the participating schools.

Charges

Mana Kidz is available free to children at the school-based clinics.

Fees and Charges Categorisation

Free

Hours

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

CLOSED DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (29 Mar), Easter Sunday (31 Mar), Easter Monday (1 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), King's Birthday (3 Jun), Matariki (28 Jun), Labour Day (28 Oct).

Services Provided

Immunisation

Immunisation is the safest and most effective way to provide protection for you and your tamariki’s health. For more information view the NZ immunisation schedule.

  • Childhood immunisation programme
  • Measles / Mumps / Rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Diphtheria / Tetanus / Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Catch-up missed vaccinations

Immunisation is the safest and most effective way to provide protection for you and your tamariki’s health. For more information view the NZ immunisation schedule.

Nursing service

Skin Infections Our skin is our body’s first defence mechanism and even though many types of bacteria live on its surface, we still need a healthy, intact skin surface to maintain its defence. Any break in this defence, whether it is from a cut or a pimple, is a possible risk for a bacterial infection. Some diseases such as diabetes and HIV increase the risk of major infection when this barrier is broken, as these patients already have a faulty immune system. Impetigo This is a bacterial infection of the outer layers of the skin. It is infectious and is spread to others by direct contact, but can also spread to other areas on the body. It shows up as a crusty, weepy area and most often begins on the face or exposed areas of the arms and legs. The bacteria that causes it is commonly found around children and schools. Thus, impetigo is more common among children than adults and often occurs in spring and autumn. Impetigo is easily treated with oral or topical antibiotics. In some cases a child may require time off from school to prevent spread to others. Cellulitis This is a bacterial infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can happen in normal skin but often occurs in an area of skin damaged by a wound, insect bite, eczema, chicken pox etc. It usually involves the skin of the face, arms and legs. Bacteria spread and cause the following symptoms: swelling, pain and inflammation of tissue warmth and redness of skin fever aches and general unwellness red streaks from original cellulitis site. In someone with diabetes or someone who is taking medications to suppress the immune system, cellulitis can start in areas of intact skin. The bacteria that cause cellulitis are usually Streptococcus or Staphylococcus. Cellulitis responds rapidly to antibiotic treatment, either orally or through injections. Boil This is a tender, red, inflamed raised lump that has a pus-filled centre. A boil develops when a hair follicle becomes infected with bacteria. The usual bacteria that causes a boil is Staphylococcus. Common areas of infection are the neck and face, breast and buttocks. Boils are more prevalent in people who have a low immunity. Carbuncles This is the term for a cluster of boils. Folliculitis This is inflammation of the hair follicle, caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria. The inflammation produces pus-filled pimples around the follicle. It can occur on any area of the body but is more common in areas that are shaved or plucked. Treatment Often boils, carbuncles and folliculitis clear without any specific treatment. They may burst and release the pus. Keeping the skin clean with antibacterial wash can prevent infections and prevent the spread. Do not squeeze as this can spread and worsen the infection. Application of warm heat can help to relieve symptoms. Antibiotics can be prescribed in some cases.

Skin Infections

Our skin is our body’s first defence mechanism and even though many types of bacteria live on its surface, we still need a healthy, intact skin surface to maintain its defence. Any break in this defence, whether it is from a cut or a pimple, is a possible risk for a bacterial infection.

Some diseases such as diabetes and HIV increase the risk of major infection when this barrier is broken, as these patients already have a faulty immune system.

Impetigo
This is a bacterial infection of the outer layers of the skin. It is infectious and is spread to others by direct contact, but can also spread to other areas on the body. It shows up as a crusty, weepy area and most often begins on the face or exposed areas of the arms and legs.  The bacteria that causes it is commonly found around children and schools.  Thus, impetigo is more common among children than adults and often occurs in spring and autumn.

Impetigo is easily treated with oral or topical antibiotics.

In some cases a child may require time off from school to prevent spread to others.

Cellulitis
This is a bacterial infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can happen in normal skin but often occurs in an area of skin damaged by a wound, insect bite, eczema, chicken pox etc. It usually involves the skin of the face, arms and legs.  Bacteria spread and cause the following symptoms:

  • swelling, pain and inflammation of tissue
  • warmth and redness of skin
  • fever
  • aches and general unwellness
  • red streaks from original cellulitis site.

In someone with diabetes or someone who is taking medications to suppress the immune system, cellulitis can start in areas of intact skin.

The bacteria that cause cellulitis are usually Streptococcus or Staphylococcus.

Cellulitis responds rapidly to antibiotic treatment, either orally or through injections.

Boil
This is a tender, red, inflamed raised lump that has a pus-filled centre.  A boil develops when a hair follicle becomes infected with bacteria.  The usual bacteria that causes a boil is Staphylococcus.  Common areas of infection are the neck and face, breast and buttocks.

Boils are more prevalent in people who have a low immunity.

Carbuncles
This is the term for a cluster of boils.

Folliculitis
This is inflammation of the hair follicle, caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria.

The inflammation produces pus-filled pimples around the follicle.  It can occur on any area of the body but is more common in areas that are shaved or plucked.

Treatment
Often boils, carbuncles and folliculitis clear without any specific treatment. They may burst and release the pus.

Keeping the skin clean with antibacterial wash can prevent infections and prevent the spread. Do not squeeze as this can spread and worsen the infection.

Application of warm heat can help to relieve symptoms. Antibiotics can be prescribed in some cases.

Health screening

There have been around 50 South Auckland children affected by rheumatic fever each year, the largest number of cases of any DHB in New Zealand. However, we are now seeing a decline in numbers of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand children, particularly Māori and Pacific children, which have been one of the highest rates of rheumatic fever in the developed world. Sore throats may be caused by Group A Streptococcal infection. For some children an autoimmune response will occur where the body will attack its own tissue: heart, brain and joints. A heart valve acts like a one-way door; it makes sure that blood pumped by the heart flows in one direction only. When the heart valve is damaged it can leak and may cause breathlessness and tiredness. Rheumatic fever is a serious illness that is preventable. It occurs in children (aged 4-19 years) after a Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection. In later life it may develop into chronic heart disease and require heart surgery. Māori and Pacific children aged 5-14 years are particularly susceptible. Every sore throat matters; people with rheumatic fever can develop rheumatic heart disease which may lead to premature death. Get a sore throat checked every time.

  • Rheumatic fever (Sore throat swab)

There have been around 50 South Auckland children affected by rheumatic fever each year, the largest number of cases of any DHB in New Zealand. However, we are now seeing a decline in numbers of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand children, particularly Māori and Pacific children, which have been one of the highest rates of rheumatic fever in the developed world.

Sore throats may be caused by Group A Streptococcal infection. For some children an autoimmune response will occur where the body will attack its own tissue: heart, brain and joints.

A heart valve acts like a one-way door; it makes sure that blood pumped by the heart flows in one direction only. When the heart valve is damaged it can leak and may cause breathlessness and tiredness.

Rheumatic fever is a serious illness that is preventable. It occurs in children (aged 4-19 years) after a Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection. In later life it may develop into chronic heart disease and require heart surgery.

Māori and Pacific children aged 5-14 years are particularly susceptible. Every sore throat matters; people with rheumatic fever can develop rheumatic heart disease which may lead to premature death. Get a sore throat checked every time.

Information & support

Mana Kidz clinics operate in 88 primary and intermediate schools in the Otara, Mangere, Manurewa, Franklin and Papakura communities of Auckland. 59 school clinics have a registered nurse and whānau support worker providing healthcare including rheumatic fever prevention services, skin infection treatment and management and health assessments. 29 school clinics have a registered nurse who provides child health assessments and management.

Mana Kidz clinics operate in 88 primary and intermediate schools in the Ōtara, Māngere, Manurewa, Franklin and Papakura communities of Auckland. 59 school clinics have a registered nurse and whānau support worker providing healthcare including rheumatic fever prevention services, skin infection treatment and management and health assessments. 29 school clinics have a registered nurse who provides child health assessments and management.

Community nursing

Asthma, Rheumatic fever, Wound care

  • Asthma
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Wound care
Family / whānau support
Pregnancy and parenting

Parenting education

  • Parenting education

Disability Assistance

Quiet, low sensory environment, A longer appointment time, Wheelchair access, Wheelchair accessible toilet

Region

East Auckland, South Auckland

Contact Details

Postal Address

Mana Kidz Project Team
Level 4, 8 Mahuhu Crescent
Auckland CBD
Auckland 1010

This page was last updated at 1:41PM on April 6, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Mana Kidz.