The overall goal of the National SUDI Prevention Programme (NSPP) is to reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) to 0.1 in 1000 liveborn infants by 2025.

Hāpai Te Hauora (Hāpai) has successfully tendered to support the programme by delivery of a National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service to support District Health Boards (DHBs) to ensure that investment in SUDI prevention aligns with best practice.

SUDI Prevention Coordination Website

Four District Health Board Regions (Northern, Midlands, Central and Southern) will be responsible for employing Regional SUDI Coordinators to develop and coordinate Regional SUDI Prevention Programmes.

Further details in regards to localised services will be released in due course.

The National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service (SPCS) is a key part of the wider National SUDI Prevention Programme (NSPP). The role of Hāpai for the SPCS will be to provide leadership, oversight, monitoring, guidance and resources to both the four Regional SUDI Coordinators and 20 DHBs to ensure that:

  1. Regional initiatives funded and supported by DHBs are consistent with current and emerging scientific evidence about how to most effectively reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants
  2. DHBs and maternal and child service providers are guided by high quality, evidence-based expertise about how to improve the quality, availability and consistency of SUDI Prevention messaging and interventions
  3. SUDI prevention messaging is nationally consistent and effective;
  4. Risk assessment is nationally consistent
  5. There is demonstrable improvement in parental SUDI prevention health literacy and infant care practice, and infant exposure to SUDI risk is reduced.

The development and implementation of the SPCS is centred around the following key components:

  • Provider planning and finalisation of service requirements
  • Support and co-ordination of regional SUDI prevention activities
  • National-level improvement activities
  • Support to explore future improvement options
  • Strategic planning, performance evaluation and monitoring

For more information please contact the SUDI coordination team here

Visit the the SUDI National Coordination website for more information.

National SUDI Prevention Online Training

The link provides seven training modules and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Please feel free to share the link with your colleagues.

The training covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to SUDI prevention
  • Connecting and engagement with whānau
  • Consistent health messaging
  • Accumulation of risk factors for SUDI

There is no cost associated with the training, you will just need to register online and complete the course via this link:

Online Training


17 June, 2020

National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service General Manager, Fay Selby-Law spoke to Waatea News about MoU signing between Hāpai Te Hauora and The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)

National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service, General Manager, Fay Selby-Law spoke to Waatea News about MoU signing between Hāpai Te Hauora and The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)

2 December, 2019

Māori team up with Pasifika to protect our pēpē

A memorandum of Understanding was signed today between Hāpai te Hauora and Moana Research with the main focus being SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants) in Māori and Pasifika

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13 September, 2019

How traditional Māori woven bassinets have saved hundreds of lives

Previous studies found the introduction of wahakura in 2005 saw a 29 percent drop in sudden unexpected deaths between 2009 and 2015.

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5 August, 2019

World Breastfeeding Week 2019: Alys Brown shares how wāhine are the house of people

Alys shares how different whānau members can support breastfeeding and the wellbeing of mokopuna.

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