Plunket Nurse/Well Child Trainer

Closing Date: 11 February 2022

Category: Healthcare & Medical

The Partner Organisation
The Cook Islands Child Welfare Association (CICWA) is one of the oldest non-profit voluntary organisations in the Cook Islands. They were formed in 1933 by a small group of women who dedicated their time to helping Clinical Nurses throughout community clinics on Rarotonga.

Today, CICWA works closely with the Cook Islands Ministry of Health - Te Marae Ora, and Clinical Public Health Nurses to promote health awareness and to monitor the health care of young children aged 0-4 years.  Paunu clinics (similar to Plunket check clinics in New Zealand) include the weighing of babies, checking of skin conditions, discussing any problems with parents, and ensuring vaccinations are up to date.  Paunu clinics are held across 27 clinics on Rarotonga, 8 clinics on Aitutaki, and 6 on Mangaia.

CICWA also run development programmes, and plan and create workshops in order to improve the health of children and families.

The Assignment

The main focus of this assignment is to support the Paunu, and the monitoring of children and mothers’ health on Rarotonga and the outer islands.
The volunteer will work alongside the CICWA team to deliver its services with more flexibility, accessibility and knowledge. They will work with the team to improve access and attendance at clinics, and ensure specialist clinical services are evidence based and are meeting the needs of client families.

The volunteer will also work closely with, and develop the capacity of, the volunteers who are instrumental to the running of the clinics, developing and delivering relevant training sessions, and providing ongoing advice and support

The Volunteer

We're looking for a volunteer with the following essential knowledge and experience:
  • A Well Child/Plunket Nursing registration
  • Experience teaching and mentoring others
  • Experience in developing and implementing health education and promotion programmes
  • Sound knowledge of health education and communication strategies
  • Experience in health curriculum design and training
Experience indelivering the Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) programme is desirable but not essential.

About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually.

We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA. 

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • 12-month volunteer role
  • Work in the beautiful Cook Islands!
  • Influence maternal and well-child healthcare in the Pacific