Asian Forum 2013

The 2013 Asian Forum was held on Thursday 5th December at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland. The focus was on Healthy Beginnings: improving nutrition for Asian mothers and children. Morning presentations were followed by a discussion workshop focusing on improving the capacity and effectiveness of the public health workforce in working with Asian families


Waitemata & Auckland Collective Project. Grant Berghan, Project  Manager, Waitemata DHB Maternal & Infant Nutrition & Physical Activity Collective

Counties Manakau Improving Nutrition Project. Pam Henry, Portfolio Manager Child Health and Maternity, CMDHB

National Workforce Development Service. Jackie Gunn, Lead Curriculum Developer, Gravida

Developmental Origins of Health & Disease: from evidence to workforce training, Gravida. New scientific research forming part of a new workforce education curriculum. Assoc Professor Mark Vickers, Principal Investigator Gravida

Diabetes and breastfeeding. Eleanor Gates, Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative Coordinator/Lactation Consultant, Waitemata DHB

Plunket: Improving support to Asian Families. Early findings from a recent literature review and research into services for Asian families. Agnes Wong, Project Leader and Jess Beauchamp, Clinical Advisor, Plunket

Speaker Biographies and Presentation Descriptions

A summary of workshop discussions from the 2013 Agencies for Nutrition Action Asian Forum

A document was developed incorporating the key themes, ideas, and solutions that arose out of the workshop. The ideas, experiences and opinions that were shared came from a wide group of public health professionals with a wealth of experience in working with Asian families. The themes that arose, the problems, frustrations and ideas for solutions are all valid and worthy of consideration and further exploration. This document will inform any work or advocacy to improve nutrition outcomes for Asian mothers and babies: Discussion on issues affecting the nutrition of Asian mothers and infants in New Zealand: a summary of workshop discussions from the 2013 Agencies for Nutrition Action Asian Forum.