SouthSeas Mana Kidz wins award

12 November 2018

Smiles from SouthSeas staff attending the awards

The South Seas Healthcare Mana Kidz programme has been awarded the National Hauora Coalition Award for Whanau Whai Hua - Outcomes Matter 2018. 

The annual awards event is significant for many health providers, including SouthSeas Healthcare, in recognition of programmes that are making a difference to Māori and Pacific families.

The Mana Kidz programme is a free, nurse-led, school-based programme that provides comprehensive healthcare for children in the Counties Manukau Health region.

It was initiated in 2012, and to date 88 clinics are operating for primary and intermediate schools in Otara, Mangere, Manurewa, Franklin and Papakura communities. Southseas managed the Mana Kidz programme in 2017 and currently delivers it to seven schools in Otara and Manukau.

The Mana Kidz programme currently has 65 schools registered. Clinics have a registered nurse and whānau support worker providing healthcare, including rheumatic fever prevention services, skin infection treatment, and health assessment and management. 23 school clinics have a registered nurse who provides child health assessment and management.

The programme is led by the National Hauora Coalition in partnership with Counties Manukau Health and is supported by local providers Kidz First, East Tāmaki Health Care, Health Star Pacific, Turuki Health Care, Te Hononga O Tāmaki Me Hoturoa, Tongan Health Society, Papakura Marae and SouthSeas Healthcare. 

The National Hauora Coalition began providing their services as a Primary Healthcare Organisation (PHO) in 2011. It is one of four Māori-led PHOs in the country. It has an enrolled population of over 134,000 people and services people in 5 DHB regions. It has demonstrated success in key government priority areas, including rheumatic fever and immunisation, and works to enable whānau to achieve self-determined success — Mana Whānau.

SouthSeas congratulates the Mana Kidz team, comprised of four registered nurses and three whanau support workers under the leadership of Irene Harrison. The award Whānau Whai Hua – Outcomes Matter sums up the hard work the team has been building for children that are at risk of rheumatic fever. 

SouthSeas CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo acknowledges the team for their commitment and determination in making a difference to improving the health outcomes of families and communities they work with.

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