29 April 2014
Government urged to act on child health
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine is urging the
government to act on all the Health Select Committee's
recommendations to improve health outcomes and prevent child abuse
for children under three years old.
College president, Dr Julia Peters, said "acting on the 123
recommendations in this report will, in our professional opinion,
go a long way towards fulfilling the Committee's goal that all
children should have a chance to achieve their full potential."
"We hope the government will accept and act on all these
recommendations. There are tremendous human, social and
financial benefits to be gained for the whole country if it
The government has accepted 55 of the Committee's
recommendations. A further 54 were accepted in part and 14
were just 'noted'.
The Committee's report received cross-party consensus. It
mirrors a policy
that was prepared at the same time by the College of Public Health
For further information contact Dr Julia Peters: 022