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DRAFT Child Health Nursing Standards Framework 2023

The committee of Tapuhitianga Mokopuna mo Apopo – College of Child and Youth Nurses NZNO and Plunket partners warmly invite your feedback on the draft Child Health Nursing Standards document that is open for consultation until Friday 17 November 2023.

The College of Child and Youth Nurses and Plunket jointly developed the NZ Child Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework which was endorsed by the National Nursing Consortium in 2014 for a period of five years as part of a successful application for college status.

The endorsement has since expired and the college and Plunket partners have been working together to update the guide for contemporary child health nursing specialty practice, drawing on the skills of a project steering group and a contractor.

This draft revision of the New Zealand Child Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework (2014) has set out to:

  • Explicitly describe the expected contribution of child health nurses to improving equity for tamariki Māori as their right as partners in Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Modernise the standards for culturally safe nursing practice
  • Develop standards for child health nursing to support consistency across settings
  • Streamline and simplify the progression pathway to be inclusive of advanced nursing practice roles
  • Improve alignment of the framework with other systems, primarily Nursing Council New Zealand competence assessment and Professional Development and Recognition Programmes (PDRPs) (Nursing Council of New Zealand, 2013)
  • Ensure that the framework has the right focus that would see it utilised and support nursing practice
  • Widen the scope to include educators and leaders in recognition of the key role they play in the provision of educational programmes and clinical preparation in child health nursing

The focus for the Framework is for nurses caring for children from four weeks of age to 12 years.

We seek your views on the draft document to inform the steering group’s decisions about the final version.

The steering group comprises the following people:

College Chair                                               Sarah Williams
College Secretary                                        Emma Collins
NZNO Te Poari representative                     Moana Tipene-Mahanga             
NZNO Te Rūnanga representative               Loraine Witana
NZNO Professional Nursing Advisor            Marg Bigsby
Whānau Awhina Plunket Nurse Educator    Anne Hodren
Whānau Awhina Plunket Chief Nurse          Zoe Tipa

We look forward to receiving your feedback by 17 November 2023. Please send it to

Ngā mihi maioha

Sarah Williams
Chair, Tapuhitianga Mokopuna mo Apopo – College of Child and Youth Nurses NZNO

Tapuhitia Ngā Mokopuna Mō Apōpō, CCYN Honorary Life Membership

Honorary life membership maybe presented to any current or former member of CCYN, Tapuhitia Ngā Mokopuna Mō Apōpō, NZNO to recognise their contribution to child and youth nursing in NZ.

For more information click Guidelines or to create a nomination click the Application Form


CCYN, Tapuhitia Ngā Mokopuna Mō Apōpō documents

To view or download click on a link below:

NZ Child Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2016

The Child Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework has been developed to describe the generic capabilities nurses need to deliver quality care to children and their families/whānau.

The Framework was developed by the CCYN, Tapuhitia Ngā Mokopuna Mō Apōpō, NZNO.

National Youth Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2014

Maureen Morris, Chair of the Consortium, congratulates the National Youth Health Nurses Reference Group, Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Auckland School Nurses Group on receiving a five year endorsement for their knowledge and skills framework until May 2019.

Immunisation Handbook 2020
Last updated April 2022
The Immunisation Handbook 2020 provides clinical guidelines for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice. These guidelines are based on the best scientific evidence available at the time of publication, from published and unpublished literature.

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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.

Visit the Newborn enrolment with General practices page on the Ministry of Health website - or download here.

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External Newsletters and Reviews

Child Health Research Review

This Review features key medical articles from global paediatric journals with commentry from Assoc Professor (Hon) Craig Jefferies, Dr Helen Evans and Dr Jonathon Bishop. The Review covers topics such as paediatric endocrinology, nephrology, pharmacology, fractures, immunology, adolescent health, and paediatric neuropsychology.Research Review publications are free to receive for all NZ health professionals.

Also below are reviews of international medical conferences, new medicines, speaker events and other relevant publications.

Paediatric Vaccines Research Review

This Review features key medical articles from global paediatrics and infectious disease journals with commentary from Professor Nikki Turner and Associate Professor Helen Petousis-Harris. The Review covers topics such as:

  • diphtheria,
  • national immunisation programme,
  • paediatric immunisation schedule,
  • pertussis,
  • polio vaccine,
  • pre-exposure prophylaxis, 
  • tetanus,
  • vaccine immunogenicity, and 
  • vaccine safety.

Research Review publications are free to receive for all NZ health professionals.

View back issues of Paediatric Vaccines Research Review publications here.  

As a one off, the Research Review team have also published Countering Vaccine Misinformation: A Practical Guide for Healthcare Providers designed to use with people who are hesitant or opposed to being vaccinated. This resource gives information and strategies that health care providers can use to explore hesitancy and promote vaccination.

Screening Matters - Newsletter of the National Screening Unit

Team Around the Child (TAC) Bulletin

This is a UK Newsletter supporting those working with children who have disabilities and their families, with links to professional development opportunities and resources.

  • Catch up on recent or previous copies of the TAC Bulletin

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Other relevant resources

Children's Commissioner

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.

The first 1,000 days

Tackling Obesity - NZ Medical Association

This policy briefing from the NZ Medical Association about tackling obesity has some very useful information specifically surrounding childhood obesity, professional responsibilities and the complexity of the problem.

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