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:

  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