Triple P Overview

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Werry Workforce Whāraurau provides national coordination of the training and support of primary and community organisations delivering Primary Care Triple P and Triple P Discussion Groups in four North Island DHB regions

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The roll out of the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme, in four DHB regions in Aotearoa, New Zealand, is a cross-government initiative, led by the Ministry of Health. Programme delivery commenced in 2011 with the aim to increase early intervention support for families who find their children’s behaviour difficult or who have concerns about their development. 

It is well documented that prevention and early intervention is crucial to deterring the development of serious child and/or family problems and the primary care sector is well positioned to respond either by providing support to parents or referring to appropriate supports. The most effective supports are evidence-based behaviour family interventions. The Triple P interventions being offered in the primary care sector and the more intensive parenting supports such as Incredible Years made available by the Ministry of Education in the same four DHB regions work together to form the foundations of the inter-agency, inter-sector response to early childhood behaviour difficulties.

Outputs include:

  1. Training primary health / community providers in Triple P
  2. The delivery of an awareness campaign 
  3. Reaching families of children aged 3 to 7 years. 
  4. Specialist support service for parents needing further support when doing the Incredible Years group programme
  5. Research into a culturally adapted version of Triple P

Years later this initiative is a model of cross-government, inter-agency work, addressing determinants of health (Bollinger, 2018).

The Programmes

Werry Workforce Whāraurau provides the coordination of a Ministry of Health funded roll out of three levels of the Triple P system, in four District Health Board regions: Counties Manukau; Waitemata; Mid-Central; and Bay of Plenty. Primary Care / community providers are trained and supported to deliver:

Level 1: Universal Triple P/Stay Positive

A communications strategy aiming to normalise parenting stress, destigmatise getting help, and linking parents with available support. The strategy includes a website, parent magazines, brochures, flyers, and posters. A further aim is to promote messages in these resources with local stories in newspaper and radio, etc. 

Level 3: Primary Care Triple P (0-12)

Approximately four, one-to-one sessions, where a practitioner meets with parents to work on a specific developmental concern or behaviour challenge

Level 3: Triple P Discussion Groups (0-12)

Standalone, two-hour workshops on a specific problem
  • Dealing with Disobedience
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
  • Managing Fighting and Aggression
  • Hassle-free Shopping with Children

Level 4: Triple P Online (0-12)

An eight module, Level 4 programme, that parents to from the comfort of their own home.

These are just some of the Triple P programmes in a whole suite of evidence-based family interventions designed to meet the needs of families who have concerns about their children’s development and/or behaviour. There are five levels of Triple P varying in length and intensity. Parents and caregivers access this information different ways: through small groups, in one-to-one meetings, and online modules for self-directed learning.

For further information on the Triple P, multi-level system see:

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Triple P People

Four District Health Boards contract Lead Primary Care Provider (LPCP) organisations to deliver Primary Care Triple P and Triple P Discussion Groups to families and to engage and support primary care organisations to deliver the programmes to families in their communities. 
The Lead Agencies in the four DHB regions and their contacts are:
Region Role


Waitemata DHB

Lead Provider: Te Whānau O Waipareira

Sarah Thomas: [email protected]

Counties Manukau DHB

Lead Provider: Freshminds by Procare

Caroline Ogilvie: [email protected]

Bay of Plenty DHB

Lead Provider: Kaitiaki Nursing Service

Ardell Unsworth: [email protected]

Mid Central DHB

Lead Provider: ACROSS

Prue Savill: [email protected]

National National Coordination: Werry Workforce Whāraurau Rochelle Cave: [email protected]
National National Coordination: Werry Workforce Whāraurau Lisa Maughan: [email protected]
National Training: Triple P New Zealand [email protected]


  • Werry Workforce Whāraurau, provides national coordination for the pilot. 
  • Triple P New Zealand delivers training and clinical support to practitioners. 
  • The Parenting Research Group at the University of Auckland with Ngāti Hine examined the acceptability of Triple P Discussion Groups for Māori.


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