Children & Young People

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Nurses for Children & Young People Aotearoa (NZNO)

Our mission 

Nurses for Children and Young People of Aotearoa support nurses through the development of specialty knowledge and skills, to meet the unique health needs of all children, youth and families.

E tautoko nga nehi e Te Roopu Nehi mo Nga Tamariki ratou ko nga Rangatahi o Aotearoa i roto i te tino matauranga me nga pukenga. Ma tenei huarahi ka taea e ratou te whai oranga mo nga tamariki katoa, te rangatahi me te whanau.

Our aims

The aims of Nurses for Children and Young People of Aotearoa (National Section NZNO) shall be:

  • To be the recognised professional organisation of all Nurses for Children and Young People in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • To recruit nurses and associated health care members practising, identifying with, and/or interested in the care of children and young people to belong to the NZNO Nurses for Children and Young People Aotearoa national section.
  • To practice within the protection, partnership and participation principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • To develop and disseminate Standards of Practice for Nurses for Children and Young People Aotearoa
  • To provide a communications network for all members including regular newsletters, conferences and disseminating information on issues pertaining to nurses who care for or have an interest in children and young people.
  • To liaise with appropriate authorities on social and health issues relevant to children and young people nursing and community health.
  • To encourage, promote and provide the development of educational programmes/seminars for nurses of children and young people and those interested in the nursing care of children and young people.
  • To encourage and support research into issues affecting the nursing of children and young people.
  • To actively facilitate the ongoing strategic and professional development of nurses of children and young people in conjunction with NZNO and appropriate health authorities.
  • To promote nursing of children and young people and increase the profile of nurses of children and young people.
  • To communicate and liaise with other child and young people organisations at a national and international level.
  • To support the objectives, policy and activities of NZNO.

Passionate about children and young people’s health in New Zealand?

Then you need to belong to the Nurses for Children and Young People of Aotearoa section.

We promote co-operation and the sharing of knowledge and skills among nurses concerned with the health of children, young people and their families - both in hospital and community settings.

With CYPA you can be supported, get information on further education and research and participate in national conferences.

This section offers:

  • a vehicle for talking online to other nurses throughout the country
  • a voice to foster and promote cohesive child advocacy in the political arena
  • opportunities to comment on and/or contribute to proposals, legislation, and national policies which affect children, young people and their families.


Click to view/download - NCYPA Rules (PDF)

Feedback - NCYPA Conference 2013

I would just like to say a BIG thank you to you and all the NCYPA committee who were involved in making Tuesday's satellite conference day in Dunedin so successful. It was a great day, full of excellent nursing presentations, thought-provoking, and a good and well-managed (and well-attended!) AGM. It was great for me to be part of this group face-to-face for the first time.  Also, as ever, with any face-to-face meeting/conference, it was wonderful to network with nursing colleagues from Southland, Christchurch and Starship, and from across the rest of New Zealand. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening meal and the discussions had there with some of the other attendees. All-in-all a brilliant day. 

I am looking forward to next years exciting events with the section becoming a college, and I will endeavour to continue to be involved with the work of the group from afar

Claire Hagglund

Latest Information

NCYPA Submission on the sale of raw milk to consumers

NCYPA Submission on Barts Solution

Introduction to HEEADSSS Assessment

(Home, Education, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Suicide and Depression, Sexuality, Safety)
The Ministry of Health is leading a cross-agency project looking at improving services for young people with, or at risk of, mild to moderate mental health issues.  The expanded use of the HEEADSSS assessment across Primary Health Care is one of 22 initiatives to be implemented as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health initiative.
The Werry Centre has been contracted to develop training for primary level services resulting in a free online eLearning module. The target audience for training includes health care professionals working with young people in Primary Health.  This includes School Nurses, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Practice Nurses, General Practitioners, Primary Mental Health professionals and Social Workers.
HEEADSSS (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) promotes a structured framework that increases communication and minimises stress for the young person and the Primary Health Care professional.  The framework allows for early identification of mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues and other information that can help with the young persons development, and can be easily implemented within the Primary Health Care sector.
Please note, this is the latest version of the eLearning – you may have already undertaken a previous version as part of the Pilot or part of the Blended Learning Workshops.
You can access the module via the Goodfellow Unit website:

Search for Introduction to HEEADSSS
Registration is fast and free

Margaret May Blackwell Scholarship

The topics for the 2013/2014 Margaret May Blackwell Scholarship have been released.  Applications close on the 14th April (Scholarship offered yearly) with funding up to $14,000.  Please click on the link to the flyer for more information about the scholarship and how to apply.

Margaret May Blackwell Scholarship Flyer (PDF, 264KB)

Newborn Pre-enrolment Toolkit

The Newborn Pre-enrolment Toolkit and the instructional video are now available on the Ministry of Health's Website.The toolkit and video provide information about the Preliminary Newborn Enrolment policy aims and rationale, a step-by-step guide on the preliminary newborn enrolment process, an algorithm for newborn pre-enrolment, the newborn pre-enrolment business rules, frequently asked questions, sample letters and instructions on how the newborn pre-enrolment code will operate in the various practice management systems.

ACCYPN E-Learning Opportunities

ACCYPN Webcasts are recordings of past events that can be purchased and then watched online or downloaded on demand. The re-launch online service will allow you to select and pay to watch your choice of programme from those available on the ACCYPN website.

You can now purchase individual sessions at a reduced cost - there are over 40 topics to select from! On average, you can purchase an hour of learning for $20.00. You can record 1 CPD point per hour of viewing.

These E-Learning opportunities are useful if you have been unable to make it to an event or if you would like to re-visit some of the topics.

Click here to visit the ACCYPN E-Learning pages.

Publishing your work

Are you thinking about publishing your project, research or conference presentation?

What about writing for Neonatal Paediatric and Child Health Nursing journal (NPCHN)?

As an organisation NCYPA are now official partners of this journal and it is important that our New Zealand nursing voice is heard through the journal.

Perhaps you are involved in some kind of project or evaluation, or you are undertaking some higher education, or perhaps you have just made a conference presentation and would like to expand your work into a publishable format. Consider publishing your work in NPCHN

Ruth Crawford (RN, PhD candidate), Principal Lecturer at the School of Nursing, EIT Hawke’s Bay is also an Associate Editor in NPCHN. She is happy to help writers who have work they want to publish. She has kindly offered to read draft manuscripts and make suggestions.

You can contact Ruth by email or text 027 418 4968

Paediatric Vaccines Research Review

To view or download click on link below:

Child Health Research Review

To view or download click on link below:

Child Health Research Review - Issue 1, 2013
Child Health Research Review - Issue 2, 2013
Child Health Research Review - Issue 3, 2013
Child Health Research Review - Issue 4, 2014

Research Review Speaker Series

 To view or download click on the link below:

The hidden Impact - The Wider Implications of Pertussis and Varicella Infections (PDF, 717KB)

Become a Peer Reviewer for the Journal

Have you completed a Post graduate qualification?

Have you submitted an article to a peer reviewed journal for publication?

If so, we want you!

When authors submit to the Neonatal Paediatric and Child Health Nursing journal (NPCHN), the article is reviewed by peer reviewers. We need more peer reviewers who are willing to review articles.

If you are interested please contact Ruth Crawford by email,

or text 027 418 4968

Nurses for Children and Young People of Aoteroa NZNO Conference Scholarship

May 2012

A scholarship is available for registered nurses working in the area of child/youth health, who wish to attend an international/national conference relating to child/youth health.

Click here to download the application form:

NCYPA Conference Scholarship Application (PDF 95KB)

Children's Commissioners Blog

The Office of the Children's Commissioner advocates for the best interests of all children and young people in New Zealand. The Office of the Children's Commissioner looks to ensure all of their rights are respected and upheld.

Youth Health Nursing - Standards for Effective Practice

For further information please contact Gillian Alcorn, Secretary of the Society for Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa, New Zealand (SYHPANZ)

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