Our children and young people are our future generations. Compass Health has a focus on providing quality health services for children and youth through a number of initiatives, including being responsible for running many of the regions school based health clinics.

Porirua Kids Project

The Porirua Kids Project is a joint initiative involving primary health care providers, Compass Health, PHOs, Regional Public Health and CCDHB.

The aim of this project is to improve health outcomes of children in Porirua East and the focus is to work with the community and local health providers to improve knowledge about: Sore throat management, Rheumatic fever, Serious skin infections and oral health for children. We are proud to have national sports personality Robbie Fruean as the project's ambassador, leading the key message of "If you have a sore throat - get it checked out".

For more information click here or contact us on (04) 978 4304.

You can also hear more about the project from the following radio interviews with Rob Fruean by clicking the links below:

School Clinics

The school based services are provided to young people/rangatahi that requires primary health services at Aotea College, Bishop Viard College, Mana College, Porirua College and Tawa College.

The school based service comprises GP and nursing services, screening services, referral, general health education and promotion, advisory, liaison and coordination activities.

A key objective of the services is to ensure Māori, Pacific Island and high need adolescents access free medical and nursing services in a youth friendly environment and that the activities of the health professionals are coordinated and effectively targeted to this group of adolescents.

This service fits in with the overall framework of the Child Health Strategy and is complimentary to the school health curriculum within the school and any other health service contracted to the school.

Click here to contact the School Clinics Team.

Mental Wellbeing

If you’re feeling depressed, anxious or stressed, you can sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed and find it hard to deal with everyday life. It can help to talk to someone to learn new ways of sorting out issues in your life.

Primary Solutions (Wellington) and To Be Heard (Wairarapa) are free services which aim to improve access to health and social services to support mental wellbeing. You can access these services if you are enrolled or intend to enrol with a Compass Health doctor/practice, if you are experiencing a mild to moderate mental health issue* and if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • All young people aged 12 to 25 years
  • Community Services Card holders aged 25 years and over
  • Māori 12 years and above
  • Pacific Island people 12 years and above

To be referred for this service, you can contact your family doctor, contact the Coordinator in your area directly, or talk with a community agency to help you find the right person to talk to.

*A mild to moderate mental health issue may mean a variety of things. In primary care, depression and anxiety are quite common, but what is important to consider is how stress impacts a person’s functioning. The severity of your difficulties is based on what you report, what can be observed and what can be measured. Everyone experiences stress, but for some individuals it is more difficult to manage.

Let's Talk Teeth

Children in New Zealand are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth to 17 years of age, until their 18th birthday. It’s important to enrol your child as early as possible into the service, so that you can arrange the first check-up. Your child’s first visit will usually be between their 1st and 2nd birthdays. Dental staff will let you know the time of your appointment once you enrol.

It’s easy to enrol, just call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583). They will help you with the right forms to fill in and where to send them. If your child is a preschooler or at primary school, fill in the forms and post them to your local oral health service. If your child is in year 9 or above, you can choose your dentist. To view a list of Dental Providers in the CCDHB region, click here.

For more information contact:

Adolescent Oral Health Services

Private Bag 31 907

Lower Hutt Valley District Health Board

Telephone: (04) 570 9048

Email: adolescent_oral_health@huttvalleydhb.org.nz

B4 School Check - Wairarapa

These checks are an important public health initiative and aim to identify children who will benefit from referral to services and additional assistance before starting school.

The purpose of the check is to promote healthy development and to help identify any health, behavioural or developmental concerns that could affect the child’s ability to learn at school. The check also ensures that if needed, appropriate and timely referrals to services are made. The B4 School Check replaced the School New Entrant Check which was phased out over the past year.

The service is free for four year olds. The caregiver will be sent an invitation from their provider to attend a check.

The checks are provided by registered nurses and supported by Vision-Hearing technicians with the caregiver present. The checks take about 45-60 minutes. If the caregiver or nurse thinks the child has a possible problem or difficulty, the nurse will then discuss this with the caregiver and offer to refer the child to other services that may help. The nurse can also help if the child has missed out on any immunisations.