Equity — Ensuring No Child is Left Behind
We believe our children deserve access to world class healthcare regardless of where they live or their family circumstance. Thanks to you we can invest in programs that address inequity and reach children in need across New Zealand.
In August 2018 we saw fresh thinking come to life when Starship Community launched the first Whare Hauora, with support from Five Star Partner Barfoot & Thompson. At Panmure Bridge School Starship’s vital community healthcare services are now being delivered in a welcoming fit-for-purpose facility, alongside education, for some of our most vulnerable children.
Your support helped Starship’s child injury prevention service Safekids Aotearoa let whānau across the country know how to keep our children safe from common injury risks. Using print, video, social media and events Safekids Aotearoa spread the word on things like button battery safety, car restraint use, driveway safety and more, to reduce unintentional injuries in our infants and young people
Starship plays a key role in providing better health for our children across New Zealand with clinicians around the country able to access the Starship Clinical Guidelines, which are hosted on-line and mobile enabled, around the clock. In addition, on-call clinicians mean health care providers around New Zealand have Starship specialist advice available when they need it, and the Telehealth video conferencing service enables remote appointments for families and clinicians to ‘meet’ with Starship specialists while staying closer to home.
Meeting the needs of children like Te Pounamu
Te Pounamu, 12 years, Panmure with Mum Jelane
Te Ponamu’s Mum Jelane describes Whare Hauora as a blessing. The facility where her 12 year old son sees Starship Community Nurse Sue Campbell helps ensure he gets the regular treatment he needs.
Te Pounamu had a liver transplant when he was two and, more recently was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease. He requires monthly injections and other medication to ensure he stays well.
Te Pounamu lives with his whānau in Panmure, Auckland and attends Panmure Bridge School where the first Whare Hauora opened in August 2018. Sue Campbell, and other community health workers use the space to see students like Te Pounamu, for a variety of health reasons ranging from skin infections to treatment for chronic health conditions.
The decile one school is in a community where children are identified as having higher health needs and are more vulnerable to poverty related illnesses, and Whare Hauora was conceived to better meet their needs. Its initial success means plans are progressing for two more to be in other schools within the year.