National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service

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


7 June, 2024

Hapai Te Hauora celebrates Safe Sleep Day 2024

Today marks National Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna with Hāpai Te Hauora leading the integrated approach to raise awareness and reduce the numbers of whānau affected by Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infants (SUDI).

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1 December, 2023

Hāpai Te Hauora 'leads the charge' for safe sleep practices

As Aotearoa prepares to observe Safe Sleep Day - Te Ra Mokopuna Ora on December 1st, Hāpai Te Hauora issues an urgent call to action to address safe sleep practices for infants.

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7 November, 2023

Whakamānawatia Ngā Mokopuna - SUDI Prevention Training App

Whakamānawatia Ngā Mokopuna aims to update the SUDI prevention sector including Te Ao Māori approaches, the health sector changes, SUDI research, national promotion and advocacy campaigns.

2 December, 2022

National Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna: an opportunity to refocus efforts to reduce Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)

Today is National Safe Sleep Day - Te Rā Mokopuna. It is a time to raise awareness of the impact of SUDI on whānau in Aotearoa, and to advocate for best practice prevention activities.

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