PROJECTS

TAHA offers a wide range of skills and expertise in public health, nursing, research, project management, teaching, facilitation, health promotion and advocacy.

Our current projects include:

 

BUBBA'S WORLD


Welcome! Bubba’s World is a new online community for parents and caregivers of children under 5 years of age. It’s a place where they can share their experiences and be part of an online village of support as they raise their families.To view our Bubba's World Facebook page CLICK HERE.

 

TAPUAKI Pacific pregnancy and parenting programme


The Tapuaki programme consists of a range of projects aimed at improving health and wellbeing for Pacific  pregnant women, infants and fathers. Funded through Pacific Innovation Funding from the Ministry of  Health, the programme includes:

  • Delivery of Tapuaki training to potential childbirth education facilitators 
  • Working with providers to help facilitate delivery of the programme in Pacific communities
  • Development of a smartphone app to assist Pacific pregnant women find a midwife and seek  basic health information
  • Development of a website tailored to increase engagement of Pacific pregnant women and their  families, in order to increase knowledge transfer and health-promoting behaviours

 

Pacific Mental Wellbeing during Pregnancy and Parenting


TAHA highlights the importance of Wellbeing in its broadest sense to those who are involved in caring for Pacific pregnant women, infants and their families.  We have also developed resources for Pacific pregnant women to increase self-awareness and help-seeking behaviours to address depression, anxiety and stress, as well as resources for health professionals to assist them in referring Pacific pregnant women to appropriate services as required.

 

Pacific SUDI Prevention


TAHA works collaboratively with Whakawhetu, Change for our Children, Counties Manukau District Health  Board (CMDHB), Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB), Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), Tertiary  Institutes and other key stakeholders in helping to reduce SUDI cases in NZ.

TAHA is funded through Public Health funding from the Ministry of Health to advocate, translate evidence  and deliver training on Pacific SUDI prevention.

The “Northern Regional SUDI 5 year Action Plan: 2013-2017 has highlighted the need for further training  for the Counties Manukau and Auckland regional workforce. This supports the work that TAHA and  Whakawhetu are currently doing with CMDHB and ADHB to ensure that the vision of making every sleep a  safe sleep for all infants by reducing the rate of SUDI in the Northern Region.  

 

Advocacy


TAHA delivers and supports advocacy for Pacific maternal and infant health and the wide range of issues  relevant to pregnancy and parenting. These include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child Poverty (Child Poverty Measures Committee)
  • Immunisation (Pacific Immunisation)
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Smoking Cessation (TALA Pasifika Advisory Committee, Smokefree Coalition)
  • SUDI (South Auckland governance group and network, Northern regional group, Safe Sleep Day)

 

ADHB/WDHB Maternal and Infant Nutrition Project


The Waitemata and Auckland Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Physical Activity Programme seeks to  promote the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, women with children under 4 and their whanau/ families and communities through improved nutrition (including breastfeeding) and increased levels of  physical activity. Funded by Public Health funding through the Ministry of Health, it is a collaborative  arrangement between West Fono Health Trust, Pasifika Integrated Health Care, Pasifika Health and Social  Services Inc, TAHA Well Pacific Child and Infant Services, Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, The Asian  Network Incorporated, HealthWEST Ltd, Te Hononga, Waitemata Plunket, Planning and Funding Waitemata  DHB, Planning and Funding Auckland District Health Board, Waitemata DHB Maternity Services, Waitemata  and Auckland DHB Nutrition Services in association with the National Institute of Health Innovations  (University of Auckland) and the Evaluation Services of the University of Auckland.

TAHA’s Tapuaki training will be incorporated into the Project providing guidance for health promoters/ champions on key messages to deliver within a cultural context, The Tapuaki Training will be a workforce  development tool targeting current workforce at Pacific Providers and selected Community Champions from  the Enua Ola and Health Village Action Zone programmes. As with the other Providers, it is intended that  these workshops will provide information and advice to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and change  attitudes and behaviors around (Pacific) maternal and infant nutrition and physical activity.  

TAHA is also a member of the Pacific Leadership Team.