Supporting Vulnerable Pregnant Women

Nelson Hui 2016: An Update Of Services That Can Help


Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga /Crisis Pregnancy Support are hosting a Health Hui here in Nelson, to bring together all health professionals and Support agencies working with young pregnant women and vulnerable groups in the Nelson/Tasman region. Registration costs $20 per person and is essential for catering and endorsement credits – For more information, please contact Crisis Pregnancy Support using the contact form at the end of this page, or fill out the registration form below. Registrations are now closed.

What Are Our Objectives For This Hui?

  1. Further our understanding of which agencies and health professionals are in the community and what their roles are. Improve communication and collaboration, aiming to keep the process as simple as possible.
  2. Understand the Māori perspective on crisis pregnancy and Te Whare Tangata.
  3. Have a greater understanding of why young people are particularly vulnerable in crisis pregnancies.
  4. Understand issues facing other vulnerable groups (ie related to mental health, socially isolated, ethnic minorities, those suffering from addictions, etc).
  5. Understand what is happening in the brain during a crisis.
  6. Demonstrate positive outcomes when initially a pregnancy has created a crisis.
  7. Increasing awareness of availability of specialized care/support for post-abortion grief.
  8. Achieving better health outcomes.


When and Where?

  • Wednesday the 9th of November 2016, from 8:45am to 3:30pm. (Plus an opportunity for informal dialogue and tea/coffee afterwards.)
  • This Hui will be hosted in the Village Hall at the Grand Mercure Hotel, 6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson. (See map bellow for full details)
Click to view/download the flyer(PDF file):
Nelson Hui 2016 - Email Flyer PDF

Who should attend this Hui?

This Hui is open to all Health Professionals, Educators and agencies seeking further information and support for their work with young pregnant women and vulnerable groups in the region.
Specifically, we’d like to welcome: GP’s/ Midwives / Māori health -Te Piki Oranga /Practice nurses / Plunket / Public Health / Primary Health/ INP Medical / CYF’s / A&D / DHB Social Workers / Family Works SW / Family Start / CAMHS / WINZ / Strengthening families / Community agencies / Young Parent School / Youth services / Women’s Refuge / SASH / Multicultural resource centre / Refugee support / Victory Community Centre /MA’s Place / all other Health professionals and support agencies seeking further information and support.

Endorsements available for attending this event

CME Credit Endorsement

RNZCGP_CPD_Colour_LogoHThe “Hui- Supporting Vulnerable Pregnant Women – An update of services that can help”- has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 5.00 credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.

Nurses / Social Workers / Counsellors / Educators

5 Hours are available to be used as evidence of continuing education for nurses, social workers and counsellors.


Approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand for 5 elective points.

Event Location

We’ll be meeting together in the Village Hall, at the Grand Mercure Hotel, 6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson. The doors will be open from 8:45am on the day for sign in (Weds 9th, Nov 2016). Morning tea and lunch will be provided so registering for the Hui is required for catering purposes. (Please use the registration form below to inform us of any dietary requirements or special concerns.)
Please see the map below for details: (If the map image doesn’t load, please try reloading the website page.)

Outline for the day: Kaupapa

8:45am – 9:00am – Sign in.

9:00am – 9:30am

  • Mihi whakatau/Welcome, Karakia, Waiata – Kaumatua Rev. Andy and Mrs Ramari Joseph.
  • Introduction – aims of Hui , why is there a need for hui? – Cushla Hassan, Dr Joseph Hassan. Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga/Crisis Pregnancy Support.
  • Get to know who we are working with. Introduce who is in the room. Name and organization….brief networking.

9:30am – 10:00am

  • Overview of unplanned pregnancy in young and vulnerable women Cushla Hassan and Dr Joseph Hassan.
  • Social determinants of health and the effects on vulnerable pregnant women.

10:00am – 10:45am

  • Young person in a crisis pregnancy: What is happening to the brain in a crisis? – Dr Joe Babinski, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Introduced and Summary given by Sandy Hitchens – Counsellor

10:45am – 11:00am – Break for Morning Tea (Will be provided).

11:00am – 11:35am

  • Maori Perspective: Hemaima Hughes

11:35am – 12:15pm

  • Support after abortion – Marina Young, Buttons Project- Consumer perspective. Session introduced by Wendy Hill, Counsellor/Social worker – “A safe place to talk”-Rachel’s Vineyard and Greenstone Doors, Summed up by Carolina Gnad – P.A.TH.S Post Abortion Healing Service.

12:15pm – 12:30pm

  • Introduction of Scenario based workshop: 5mins discussion in groups of 3-4 leading into next session.

12:30pm – 1:15pm – Break for Lunch (Will be provided).

1:15pm – 2:00pm

  • Feedback on scenarios -facilitated by Cushla Hassan and Robyn Wilson RM
  • Feedback from groups around the room with speakers identifying their role and contributions from small group.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

  • Co – Chaired by Cushla Hassan and Dr Joseph Hassan. Panel participants: Dr Joe Babinski -Psychiatrist , Sandy Hitchens -Counsellor, Hemaima Hughes –Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga, Māori and Youth Nurse Liaison Educator, Dr Flora Gastrell -Obstetrician and Gynaecologist At Nelson Hospital, Carol Marshall -MA’s Place, Marina Young -Buttons project and post-abortion support, Philippa Trewavas –Young Parent’s School , Karen Scifleet -Addictions Clinician, Sui Ting Cinzah -Refugee Services, Jan Rollason -Social Worker NMDHB, Carolina Gnad -P.A.T.H.S, Megan Familton -Family Start, Lois McTaggart –NMDHB Facilitator, MQSP.

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Conclusion

  • Poroporoaki – Farewell
  • Evaluation and Reflection forms.
  • Certificates issued.
  • Opportunity for informal dialogue with tea/coffee.


Registration for this event has reached full capacity for our venue, so has now been closed. Thank you.

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Speaker Biographies

Dr Joe Babinski – Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Joe Babinski is a child psychiatrist who has worked for Nelson Marlborough DHB for the past 14 years. A native New Yorker, he did undergraduate and medical degrees at Duke University and East Carolina University, respectively. He trained in general psychiatry in St Louis and did specialised child/adolescent psychiatry training in Minneapolis. He worked as a child psychiatrist in the US for 14 years prior to moving to New Zealand. He has two adult children and is the proud grandfather of a beautiful granddaughter.

Hemaima Hughes

MA (Applied with Merit), BN, CAT, NZRN.
President Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Māori o Aotearoa- National Council of Māori Nurses.
Māori Liason/Youth Education Nurse, Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga/Crisis Pregnancy Support, Nelson.
Managing Director, Consultant, Maima Oranga Services Ltd.

Dr Flora Gastrell – Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Flora Gastrell has been an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Nelson hospital for the last 14 years and runs a small private gynaecology practice. She also holds a degree in medical ethics. She sees many young women with pregnancy related problems and with chronic pelvic pain. Over recent years she has been involved in national audits of maternal and neonatal morbidity where lack of social and psychological support are often major factors in poor maternal and neonatal outcomes. She is married with two children and actively involved in All Saints Anglican Church Nelson which co-ordinates a number of programs supporting vulnerable people in the community.

Dr Joseph Hassan – General Practitioner

Co Founder and Medical Advisor for Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga/Crisis Pregnancy Support.
Joseph practices at St Luke’s Health Centre, Nelson. Together with Cushla and Phyllis Harris, a midwife he helped set up a free service within his practice, offering support to women with unplanned pregnancies who wish to explore the option of continuing their pregnancy with support. This has been operating within his practice since 2002.

Cushla Hassan – Practice Nurse

Co Founder/Clinical Nurse Manager , Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga/Crisis Pregnancy Support, Nelson.
Practice Nurse, St Luke’s Health Centre.

Sandy Hitchens – Counsellor

Sandy has worked as a school and community counsellor. She has a special interest in working with children, adolescents and their parents and has done additional training in attachment-based developmental approaches to counselling through the Gordon Neufeld Institute. She has also been influenced by the work of Dan Siegal. She is interested in the “Triune Brain” concept in evaluating responses in clients under stress.
She has also trained as a PATHS counsellor, for women suffering from psychological effects of Termination of Pregnancy.

Karen Scifleet – Addictions Clinician

Addictions Clinician, at Nelson Addiction Services.

Marina Young – “Button’s Project” coordinator

Marina has personally experienced severe psychological trauma after a Termination or Pregnancy and has founded the “Button’s Project”. This is a way for women (and men) who are suffering after abortion, to grieve and begin a journey of healing.

Wendy Hill – Counsellor and Social worker

Founder and Service Manager of Greenstone Doors Charitable Trust which provides counselling services, access to support networks and practical help for families in the Hutt Valley, Wellington. Greenstone Doors is recognised as being a ‘safe place to talk’ and among the stories of difficulty, experiences of pregnancy loss through abortion is common. Wendy’s specialised experience as a pregnancy and post-abortion grief counsellor means she brings fresh insights into understanding the complicated spiritual and emotional issues which can emerge with pregnancy when those involved also carry an experience of pregnancy loss.

Carol Marshall – Midwife

Director of MA’s Place, a drop in Centre and residential community based centre for emergency to medium term accomodation – “Families supporting families”.

Robyn Wilson

RCN ADN RM, acute response care co-ordinator for Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga/Crisis Pregnancy Support, Nelson.

Philippa Trewavas

Head Teacher, at Nelson Young Parent’s School.

Sui Ting Cinzah

Sui has worked at Red Cross Refugee Services since January 2009 in the capacity of Resettlement Caseworker, Health Educator, Interpreter and Translator; and is fluent (reading, writing and speaking) in the Burmese, Chin Hakha and English languages.

Resettlement Case Worker: works alongside the Social Worker to assist the new refugee families in their first 12 months of resettlement.
Interpreter: Works alongside all members of RCRS staff, volunteers and health professionals from external agencies in her capacity as Interpreter.
Translator: translates health and education pamphlets and documents for RCRS and Primary Health Organisation (PHO) Nelson.
Health Educator: works alongside RCRS Social Worker, GP’s, Practice Nurses, Plunket, Family Start and educates former refugees about relevant health issues and NZ screening programmes eg Cervical, Mammograms and immunisations and Healthy lifestyle education and smoking education.

Jan Rollason – Registered Social Worker and MANZASW

Maternity Social Worker at the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.
I have been working with vulnerable pregnant women for the past 14 years and in addition to this, I am also an experienced Pregnancy Options Counsellor.
We identified several years ago that women were presenting at Maternity with significant and complex social issues that made it apparent that there wasn’t a safe discharge pathway for mother and baby. We now work with women during the ante natal period alongside other agencies to address and work through social issues in a more timely manner thereby providing the best outcomes for both mother and baby.

Carolina Gnad – P.A.T.H.S Counsellor And Educator

(P.A.T.H.S – Post Abortion Trauma Healing Services)
Dip Nurs, Dip Couns, Cert Superv, Dip NFP Mng, Dip Rel Stud.
Carolina has a nursing background and after retraining in counselling, she founded P.A.T.H.S. (Post Abortion Trauma Healing Service) in Christchurch in 1997. Carolina currently fulfils the role of Co-ordinator of Education and Training for P.A.T.H.S., and also works in private practice offering general counselling, spiritual direction and supervision. She has offered specialist counselling, training and supervision in the pregnancy and post abortion areas. Carolina is married, with three grown children and nine grandchildren, two of whom have died. Carolina’s experience, writings and presentations offer a deep understanding of the context and complexity of pregnancy decision-making issues and aspects of abortion/termination loss and trauma in NZ.
Overcoming barriers to conversations around pregnancy choices and negative abortion reactions or experiences, and healing needs are important focuses of her work.

Megan Familton – Family Start

BSW, MANZASW, GdDip NFP Management.
Megan has worked for Family Start for over 16 years. Family Start is an intensive home based service working alongside Families with high and complex needs that impact on their ability to parent positively. Evidence suggests that Family Start has positive impacts on the use of some health services, children’s participation in early childhood education and child mortality rates in the first 2 years of life were reduced for children who participated in Family Start, with reductions in post neonatal injury death and SUDI.

Lois McTaggart – Registered Nurse/Midwife

BA; MA (Hons);
Lois has worked as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife, and for the past 35 years her focus has been to support the well-being of women through their childbearing experience.
Lois has wide experience in a range of midwifery and health care areas – clinical practice, education, research, academic studies, leadership, management, and governance.
Lois managed the Nelson Maternity Services for the past 13 years before being appointed in May 2016 to the role of NMDHB Facilitator, Maternity Quality and Safety Programme (MQSP), a Ministry of Health initiative to monitor and improve maternity care at the DHB level.

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