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.
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:
- 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
- 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
- SUDI prevention messaging is nationally consistent and effective;
- Risk assessment is nationally consistent
- 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
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:
7 November, 2023
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
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.
26 August, 2022
A new app focusing on maternal and tamariki wellbeing is being launched today in Ōtaki. The free app - Tuku Iho - gives māmā and whānau hapū access to the wisdom and knowledge that would once have been passed on from their pakeke and kaumātua.
29 June, 2022
The National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service (NSPCS) is dismayed to once again see a Coroner’s ruling that the death of an infant was preventable had the whānau been given a pēpi-pod or wahakura at birth.