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Child Health Coordinator, Child Health Support Service
Diploma in Early Childhood ECE, Diploma in Social Services, Triple P, Brief Intervention (Primary Care)
Child Health Coordinator Nikki Nute works with children and their families/whānau through the Pegasus Health Child Health Support Service.
The aim of this service is to improve the health, social and behavioural needs of children up to 17 years old. This is done by supporting general practices with home visits to their patients.
“It’s a privilege to work alongside a diverse range of families,” says Nikki.
“Being able to visit the child at home means I can see them in a familiar place. They talk, I listen and then we find ways to help. Some ideas can be put in place straight way, which is great. We help the family/whānau as a whole rather than just the child.”
Some of the feedback:
“Nikki reassured me and gave me confidence as a mother. The tools she taught me have already worked with my daughter.” – From a mother needing support with child’s behaviour and accessing other services.
“Nikki engaged with the family and focused on strengths already in place and encouraged them to try different strategies and linked them with appropriate services. This service is invaluable for parents who have mental health issues.” – From a GP who referred a mother with an anxiety disorder who needed support with her daughter.
Being a part of Pegasus and the wider Canterbury Health System means Nikki can draw on the knowledge and experience of many health and social service professionals to help the families/whānau she visits.
“We all want to help our community be healthy and happy and it’s pretty awesome being a part of it,” she says.