Our programmes


Poster detailing the work of the Healthy Start Workforce Project
Poster detailing the work of the Healthy Start Workforce Project (click to see a PDF)

The Healthy Start Professional Development team is proud to offer these fully funded programmes to health and well-being practitioners, health promoters and educators nationwide.

 

Our programmes aim to improve knowledge about the role of good nutrition and physical activity prior to conception, during pregnancy and in infancy to help reduce health risks later in life, in particular heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and some cancers. 


They also provide health professionals with skills to support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity. 

 

Our programmes:
 

  • Early-life Science Programme  (online course)
    Explores the scientific evidence showing how good nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy and early childhood can positively influence long-term health outcomes and reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.

  • Alcohol and tobacco exposure during early life: impacts on fetus and child (online course)
    Provides the learner with the tools and knowledge to be effective in explaining that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco or alcohol in pregnancy. Explores the scientific evidence around how these substances interfere with fetal development and the risks of using these substances in pregnancy. 

  • Healthy Conversation Skills training (interactive workshops: nationwide onsite or facilitated Zoom webinar)
    Enhances health practitioner's skills to support their clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity.  We offer this nationwide interactive training either onsite at your workplace or via a live facilitated Zoom webinar.    

By completing the early-life science and alcohol and tobacco online courses along with Healthy Conversation Skills training, the learner can expect to:

- understand why nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy and the early years matter so much and influence life-long health; 

- understand what risks are associated with alcohol and tobacco use for the fetus and child; and 

- understand how to effectively support clients to plan for and make lasting lifestyle changes sustainably for their long-term health

Taken separately or together, these programmes aim to support health professionals with tools and strategies to use in their daily practice with whanau.  All courses aim to increase confidence and job satisfaction for positive outcomes. 

Some of the courses qualify for professional development points for midwives, nurses and GPs.  Find out more about this in the links below. 

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Please note Healthy Start Profesional Development used to be called Healthy Start Workforce Project, go to our home page to learn more. Some of our older resources may include our previous name.
 

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