Child Development and Disability Network

Purpose of the network


The Child Development and Disability Clinical Network was developed in 2019 .

The aim of the network is to be a national multi-disciplinary health network that will support clinicians working across sectors and services to deliver high quality, cost effective and integrated child development and disability services for children/ tamariki, youth/ rangatahi and their whanau.

The Clinical Reference Group is comprised of members from multiple disciplines, regions, and clinical backgrounds across primary, secondary, and tertiary care services.

The overarching goals are to improve child and family health and social participation outcomes for children with developmental disabilities and their families. Key focus areas of the networks activities to achieve this are:

  1. CONNECTION: To create forums for greater connection between stakeholders across neurodevelopmental health conditions, health system end users and service providers and across sectors, including health, education and ACC.

  2. EDUCATE: Provide evidence-based education opportunities for all child disability stakeholders, to improve the quality of care and quality of outcomes.

  3. RESOURCE: Develop and disseminate evidence-based resources identified as priorities by children with disabilities and their families and service providers.

To achieve these goals for a wide variety of developmental and disability conditions the network members have split into workstreams including ADHD, Down Syndrome, Engagement, MoH Consultation, Education

Current CRG members are:

Fiona (Fi) Graham - Occupational Therapist and Senior Lecturer (Co Chair)
David Newman - Paediatrician Waikato (Co Chair)
Brigid Hitchcock - Occupational Therapist, Tauranga
Danielle (Dani) - Atkins Occupational Therapist, Hawkes Bay
Denise Janes - Project Manager Northern Regional Alliance Auckland
Estelle Borer - Occupational Therapist, Auckland

Garth Smith – Paediatrician, Nelson
Grace Garnham – Manager, Hutt DHB, Hutt Valley
Jane Bawden - Parent to Parent, Auckland
Jane Hamer – Physiotherapist, Waitemata
Janine Thomson – Paediatrician Christchurch
Rachel Teulon - Nurse specialist - Christchurch
Rosemary (Rosie) Marks -Developmental Paediatrician Auckland

If you would like to contact us for further information, please email karyn.sanson@paediatrics.org.nz