j-harris-coates.jpgMeet Jacqueline Coates-Harris, Chair of Midland Infant Perinatal Network

The Midland MH&A team values the support provided from the regional stakeholders, representatives from across the five DHB areas.  All our regional networks are led by the chairs that are nominated for a two year period and supported by the Midland MH&A team.

We asked Jacqueline Coates-Harris the chair of the Infant Perinatal Network questions about her role as chair and commitment to this area.

Tell us a little about yourself, who are you and your involvement with this network?

I am currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Waikato DHB’s Perinatal Mental Health Service working towards Nurse Practitioner endorsement.  I was fortunate to develop and lead this service for the last 15 years.  I am really passionate about making a difference in the lives of women, their infant, family/whanau at the earliest opportunity.  This includes working collaboratively with other health professions and services to ensure that families/whanau have the capacity to manage future challenges with increased awareness, knowledge and skills.

I applied to be part of this network to actively contribute and improve health care approaches, systems, policies and procedures in the perinatal mental health field across the Midland region.

As chair of the network what are you expectations from stakeholders on this group?

Together we bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to this forum.  We are a collective voice for women, infants and families and local communities and can make a positive difference in improving our services across the region.

What are some key items this network is currently working towards / completed?

The network has developed an increased awareness of the diversity and challenges of PMH services across the region. A s a diverse group of professionals we have helped one another to translate national initiatives/mandates into our local areas.  We have developed localised perinatal and infant mental health network meetings to bring other health professionals, govt and non govt services together to focus on improving our services to mothers, babies and families/whanau.  We have reviewed and contributed to the development of an e’ learning tool for support workers working with our families.  We have reviewed and considered Auckland DHB’s ‘maternal mental competencies’ framework.  We are currently working on updating the Map of Medicine primary Perinatal Mental Health pathway to ensure that we are providing evidence based practice considerations.

If you could change one thing relating to Infant Perinatal Mental Health & Addictions, what would that be?

That we are more inclusive of fathers/partners across the Midland region.

What is your favourite "whakatauki - words of wisdom"?

He aha te mea nui o te ao - What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata - It is the people, it is the people, it is the people


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