This report acknowledges the mahi of providers working on the front-line as essential workers during the COVID-19 response, and also provides ideas around what new learnings could be sustained going forward. It has been commissioned by members of the interim Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) governance group, established by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in March 2020, as part of the child health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Impact of COVID-19 on Well Child Tamariki Ora Services
For Well Child/Tamariki Ora programme community providers, the health and welfare of our tamariki, mokopuna and their whānau was imperative during the COVID-19 national lockdown period. While working within the restrictions placed upon communities during this time, providers ensured whānau continued to receive access to their services, and parents/caregivers were supported to access primary and specialist health care, and social services.