WDHB invites health professionals and whanau to 'Protecting our Mokopuna' seminar
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23 October 2015
 
Health professionals and whānau with an interest in child health and wellbeing are invited to attend a thought-provoking ‘Protecting our Mokopuna’ seminar on 26 November.
 
WDHB director Māori Health Rowena Kui says it’s hoped midwives, doctors, nurses, social workers, community workers and whānau from across the WDHB district will make their way to Whangaehu Marae where the day will begin with a powhiri at 9.15am.
 
Mrs Kui says building on existing Mokopuna Ora knowledge and expertise, the seminar will provide a forum for health workers to share innovative ideas on supporting women to practice safe sleep, stop smoking in pregnancy and to choose breastfeeding, all actions which are known to help reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).
 
“We really want to encourage health workers with a passion for child health, wellbeing and strengthening leadership in Mokopuna Ora to attend if possible,” Mrs Kui says.
 
“We know many of our families are struggling to give their children the best start in life so this is a wonderful opportunity to address what needs to be done for the most vulnerable members of our community.”
 
Keynote speakers will be smokefree champion Hon Dame Tariana Turia and Hastings GP Dr David Tipene-Leach who is a strong supporter of safe sleep.
 
The ‘Protecting our Mokopuna’ seminar is being jointly hosted by the WDHB, the Whanganui Regional Health Network and Whakawhetū – a national SUDI Prevention for Māori programme.
 
Whakawhetu provide policy advice, evidence-based information, resources, training and education to the health sector and Māori communities. They also facilitate an annual Safe Sleep Day in December to encourage communities to develop local solutions, and to support DHBs’ work to reduce SUDI.
 
To register for the seminar, go to the Whakawhetu website, www.whakawhetu.co.nz. The cost is $25 for health professionals and free to the public. Participants are asked to gather at the Marae gate for the 9.15am powhiri.
 
Anyone requiring transport is asked to contact Desiree Mclean on 06 348 3417.