Ministry of Health: Safe sleep

Every year too many New Zealand babies die suddenly during sleep. Many of these deaths can be prevented.


Information about safe sleep on the Ministry of Health website

Ministry of Health: Kia Puawai National SUDI Prevention Programme Evaluation: Final evaluation report

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the leading cause of preventable mortality in New Zealand infants. Māori and Pacific infants have consistently higher rates of SUDI compared to non-Māori and non-Pacific infants.


Information about the Kia Puawai National SUDI Prevention Programme Evaluation: Final evaluation report

Hapai Te Hauora: National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service

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.


Information about the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service on the Hapai Te Hauora website

Change For Our Children

Change for our Children is designed to return a measurable and lasting benefit. To be lasting, they believe we need to benefit children.


Information about Change for our Children

Professional development

Learn online: Learning resources for health professionals - SUDI

This site provides professional education and training for Health Professionals in New Zealand. These courses and resources are provided free by the Ministry of Health.


Information about Learn online

SUDI Prevention Online Training – Hapai Te Hauora

The training covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to SUDI prevention
  • Connecting and engagement with whānau
  • Consistent health messaging
  • Accumulation of risk factors for SUDI

There is no cost associated with the training, follow the link below to register.


Information about the SUDI Prevention Online Training


Intuto is an online learning platform developed by Whānau Āwhina Plunket developed  to support WCTO nurses in their mahi prior to undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care and while on the programme.


Accessing Intuto:

Please contact your WCTO Team leader/Manager to access the registration link and information to access Intuto.

Change for Our Children: Safe Start Programme

This programme includes:

  • Demo for using a Pepi-pod sleep space
  • Arms-Free swaddling
  • First days
  • Talk pillows
  • Through the tubes

Information about the Safe Start Programme

Pēpi-pod: Safe Sleep Programme

Many life-protecting innovations are costly, but not this one. The simple little Pēpi-Pod® sleep space is holding the safety of thousands of vulnerable infants in New Zealand and infant death rates from preventable causes have fallen.


Information about the Safe Sleep Programme


Hapai Te Hauora: National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service: Digital resources

HealthEd: Keep your baby safe during sleep

This pamphlet contains key messages about making every sleep a safe sleep to prevent babies from dying suddenly in their sleep.


Information about keeping your baby safe during sleep