From the SYHPANZ Executive Team

Exciting news ....we are launching a new website from March 6th 2020.

Please do not try to "join us" or 'renew membership' until our new website is launched.

What's been happening ....................

2019 Youth Health Conference:

Owning Future Change

3 days organized by AAAH

(Australian Association of Adolescent Health)

Some of our SYHPANZ members who self-funded or were fortunate to gain funding support have shared their highlights.

Day 1:

  • fantastic opening address by a charismatic young Australian man Kareem El-Ansary, Youth Representative to the United Nations. Kareem presented his learnings from talking to over 10, 000 young Australians throughout the country. He asked them what they care about and how they see their future. And Kareem shared to the conference a picture of hope, resiliency, and a desire to be included from the youth voice.  Nothing new to those who work with youth but just a fantastic positive affirmation of the value and contribution from the population group called ‘young people’.
  • another highlight was Clinical Psychologist Andrew Fuller. Down to earth character talking about tricky teens. Andrew is a prolific author with lots of titles like Unlock Your Child’s Genius and Tricky People. Andrew sees the current education model a system for examinations rather than a system for learning! Andrew has created an avenue to allow anyone to have feedback on their learning strengths - fill in a questionnaire on-line and get back an email that outlines your strengths and areas that you could grow/ improve. I gave it a go and got back an email that acknowledged my skills and gave me ideas for things I could do to help strengthen other areas. Cool concept.

And throughout the 3 days the concurrent session had lots to offer:

It was awesome to attend the 2019 AAAH Conference. 

The highlights were many and for me including:

  • hearing the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, Kareem El-Ansary,  speak about the Australian National Youth Survey methodology, 
  • hearing about the Doctors in Schools initiative in the state of Victoria, 
  • A presentation on intimate partner violence experienced by youth, 
  • another about an immunisation outreach program for at-risk youth in Melbourne,  
  • one led by two 17year old kiwis on using the Whare Tapu Wha model to build resilience in youth (so cool!) 
  • and so many more.  
  • It was awesome to also have the opportunity to present our NZSN research and initial findings of the workforce and employment survey of School Nurses in New Zealand. There was a strong focus and delivery of evidence-based, research led projects unpinning new developments in youth health at the conference, and that alongside the networking opportunities was inspirational. 

I would encourage anyone who is able to attend the next conference in November 2020, which is being held in Brisbane.  

Big shout out to Lee-anne O'Brien

(Previous Chair)

SYHPANZ given the floor to promote INVOLVE 2020 to our Australasian colleagues

What's on top .....................


International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH)

Chair: Susan Sawyer

Previous Chair: Dame Sue Bagshaw

Our mission is to:

  • Enhance individual competencies, national capacity, and global investment in adolescent health,
  • Catalyze local, regional and international connections between the multidisciplinary professionals who work with adolescents, the organizations that support them, and young people themselves,
  • Expand national associations for adolescent health.

SYHPANZ is an organisation member of IAAH; login and go to resources to get details to log in to IAAH site to explore further.


News article about school nurses vaccinating for measles in CMDHB:

News article about vision screening project with year 9 Maaori students:

News article about hearing screening project for year 9 students:

New MoE resource for school leavers:

New online learning by Centre for Youth Health available via their webpage:


National Contraception Guidelines Steering Group, which is a group that Allen + Clarke has established to help guide the development of national best practice contraception guidelines.

This is a project that Allen + Clarke are undertaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, which aims to develop a national best practice guideline for contraception, to support New Zealand’s health practitioners in their engagement/consultation with women. The aim is to increase access to effective contraception for women and increase the uptake of LARC. 

For further information click here


ANZSSA Conference in Dunedin this week

ANZSSA is the peak professional organisation for student support staff in the post-secondary education sector across Australia and NZ. 

Tim Rowe, University of Canterbury presented on:

  • Using failure to promote success:
  • On the role for fear of failing messaging at universities.

Concern and anxiety about failing is a prominent part of the university experience for many students and impacts on their wellbeing. Can stories about failure, rejection and setbacks be used to promote student success? Students need to know that there is help and strategies available when it comes to anxiety about failing. Drawing on insights from institutional and academic research, as well as international practice, the value of incorporating messages about failing in student messaging were discussed.

For further info see these links - and

Plan for INVOLVE 2020 .......

The theme for INVOLVE 2020 is...

Our Waka, New Seas.

With what’s in our waka,

together we navigate new seas.

INVOLVE 2020 focuses on the changes we see approaching the sectors working with the taiohi/youth of Aotearoa. It also looks at the skills, tools, wisdom and connections we have to meet these changes – including the histories that inform us.

We are excited to be in this waka with you!

Less than 12months away and we are busy planning and engaging  Youth Health & Development presenters for clinical topics and trends.

Some of the topics to date we aim to offer are:

  • Transgender care in the community
  • Trauma and attachment on relationships
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Sexual Assault
  • More to come .................

Get in touch with us and let us know of topics that you are keen to learn more about.

Contact us by:

Keep up to date with conference developments via our website and INVOLVE 2020 website

Please let us know if you are aware of any sponsorship or other funding access to support INVOLVE 2020.

Your Exec attended ............

Learn more about us ....

We believe investing in Youth Health delivery reaps triple rewards:

  • improved outcomes for young people today; 
  • improved health burden as this generation ages;  
  • improved outcomes for the babies of the young people ie the next generation.

The youth population requires a particular skill set to work with them effectively and this is not always addressed in disease –focused training models.

These implications will require a renewed look at coordination of workforce development to meet the changing needs and wider scope of the professionals involved in health care for adolescents/youth at the primary and referral levels.  The workforce requires a multidisciplinary focus (and the skill set for MDT work) to minimize addressing needs in silos.

SYHPANZ strongly supports and advocates for a robust and skilled Youth Health Workforce. We also aim to ensure sustainability and recognise we need a proactive workforce succession strategy.

Recently some of the Exec attended:   

  • MOH: Delivering equity of health and wellbeing in Aotearoa - Te tuku oranga hauora e orite ana i roto i Aotearoa. Click here to read Health & Disability System Review Interim Report
  • The Ministry's forum is an opportunity for the sector to come together to reflect on our successes, address the challenges facing the health and disability system today, and shape efforts to the agenda to deliver a strong and fair public health and disability system.
  • There were 4 main areas of focus for the workshops:
    • Equity
    • Wellbeing
    • Person Directed Support
    • Health Workforce

Opportunities have arisen for SYHPANZ to discuss further around these areas, in particular Health Workforce. 

What's on Top......................

Global Adolescent Health
Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing 

    Key Messages: 

        • Investments in adolescent health and wellbeing bring a triple dividend of benefits now, into future adult life, and for the next generation of children. 
        • Adolescents are biologically, emotionally, and developmentally primed for engagement beyond their families. We must create the opportunities to meaningfully engage with them in all aspects of their lives. 
        • Inequities, including those linked to poverty and gender, shape all aspects of adolescent health and wellbeing: strong multisectoral actions are needed to grow the resources for health and wellbeing and off er second chances to the most disadvantaged. 
        • Adolescents and young adults face unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change. We must transform our health, education, family support, and legal systems to keep pace with these changes. 


    Adolescence and the next generation 


    George C. Patton, Craig A. Olsson, Vegard Skirbekk, Richard Saffery, Mary E. Wlodek, Peter S. Azzopardi, Marcin Stonawski, Bruce Rasmussen, Elizabeth Spry4, Kate Francis3, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Nicholas J. Kassebaum, Ali H. Mokdad, Christopher J. L. Murray, Andrew M. Prentice, Nicola Reavley, Peter Sheehan, Kim Sweeny, Russell M. Viner & Susan M. Sawyer 

        • Adolescent growth and social development shape the early development of offspring from preconception through to the post-partum period through distinct processes in males and females. At a time of great change in the forces shaping adolescence, including the timing of parenthood, investments in today’s adolescents, the largest cohort in human history, will yield great dividends for future generations.
    Community - School Based Health Services
      • Youth Survey 2012high quality school health services (those that have on-site staff well trained in youth health, with sufficient time to work with students and to perform tasks like routine HEEADSSS assessments) do impact positively on student health and wellbeing outcomes in areas such as depression, suicide risk, sexual health, alcohol misuse and school engagement. There is also evidence that high quality school health services lessen the use of hospital A & E by students.
      • Few schools have enough resources for mental health: Teen suicide and depression drops by two thirds in schools with good health services - but only one in 10 has that level of resourcing, research shows. Dr Denny said effective health teams were based within schools, generally involved nurses, general practitioners, youth workers and counsellors, and had a strong partnership with their host schools.

    Networking for all

    SYHPANZ connects to multiple networks such as Ministries for Health, Social Development, & Youth Development, Family Planning, The Collaborative Trust, Ara Taiohi, Youth One Stop Shops (YOSS), School Nurses, School Based Health Care, School Services, Primary Health Care, Youth Specialty Services, Secondary Health Care, Mental Health Services, Alcohol & Other Drug Services, Auckland Health Research Group (AHRG), our membership grows so do our network links.  

    Please join us and connect to Special Interest Groups.

    Knowledge Brokering

    We aim to provide research & resources such as:

    • Links to Youth 2012, 2007, 2001 
    • International Literature, 
    • Youth Health Presentations, 
    • Links to Youth Health resources, 
    • Best Practice Standards such as National Youth Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework, 
    • Standing Orders
    Let us know what else might be useful 
    Please join us to view our shared resources.
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