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Waitemata DHB Community Child Health Services

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Waitemata DHB Community Child Health Services

If your child has developmental support needs, the Community Child Health Service can provide specialised support to help them develop and grow.

We believe that family is the constant in a child's life and that families want what's best for their child.  You will be supported to develop goals which work toward your child and family's hopes and aspirations. 

Where possible, your child will be seen at home, pre-school or in the community.  If your child has a need for specialised equipment our team can help you apply for funding.  We take a team approach - one or more team members may be involved with your family. 

We can also provide access to clinical psychology support.  Interpreting services are available for parents who need this support.

There are two Community Child Health teams in the Waitemata district. The Waitakere team is based at the Child Health Unit, Waitakere Hospital. The North Shore/Rodney team is based at 3 Shea Tce, Takapuna. Staff from the North Shore/Rodney team also work from the Hibiscus Coast Community Centre in Red Beach and the Warkworth Community Health Centre.

Our Team 

  • Children’s Community Nurses (CCN) provide child and family with on-going care at home through comprehensive home based specialist nursing support. Nurses are part of the Community Child Health Teams located at Waitakere and North Shore.
  • Cultural Case Workers (CCW) support families navigate the healthcare system.
  • Dietitians (DT) give advice on nutrition, food or supplements needed for healthy growth.
  • Developmental Coordinators (DevC) work closely with the families, paediatricians and community agencies providing support with ASD.
  • Occupational Therapists (OT) encourage the development of hand function and support the learning of specific skills your child needs for everyday living.
  • Physiotherapists (PT) focus on posture, movement and physical skills needed for activity.
  • Social Workers(SW) support families to reduce stress and assist in managing family and community life.
  • Speech-Language Therapists (SLT) support families where there are feeding difficulties and help with early communication through play.
  • Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapists (VNT) assist babies and toddlers with all areas of their early development through positioning and play.

We also work closely with:

  • Needs Assessment Service (NASC)
  • Paediatric Specialists
  • MoE Special Education
  • Pre-schools and Schools
  • Equipment Providers
  • CCS Disability Action
  • Ohomairangi
  • Plunket
  • Family Options

Hours

Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Referral Expectations

We primarily work with children under the age of 5 years.  Our work with older children is often where there are equipment or housing modification needs, or therapy input is required following surgery. 
 

To talk about our referral criteria please contact Child Health Referral service:

Phone: 0800 247 333

Fax:     09 837 8877

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This page was last updated at 2:04PM on June 6, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitemata DHB Community Child Health Services.