It seems like only yesterday we were all celebrating Christmas and already we are looking down the barrel of Easter.
2011 was an extremely busy year for Plunket and 2012 is destined to be just as busy if not busier.
Plunket’s history is steeped in social and technological innovation. This year we will launch an information system, PlunketPlus, which has been in development for a number of years. This new system will integrate and streamline services to families.
Currently, client records are paper based. The new system will provide greater support to our nurses, allowing them to record and access information electronically in the field, reducing duplication of administration and record taking and allowing them to focus even more on the children and families they are working with.
As the months go by PlunketPlus becomes more of a reality and we are on track to begin the rollout from mid 2012. We want to take the opportunity to thank the KPS for its donation of nearly $1million and the Plunket Foundation for $500,000 for the project. The support we have received from them and our Plunket entities has been great and has helped get us to this stage. We continue to look for funding from a number of avenues to ensure the project remains on target.
As Plunket grows it is important we continually look at how we remain relevant to the changing needs of New Zealand communities. In 2011 we carried out a major review of our governance structure and roles, consulting widely both internally and externally. The recommended changes from the governance review were voted in at AGM in November and work is now underway to implement the first changes.
At our national Conference in November we said a farewell to our past President, Carol Becker, and welcomed Tristine Clark as our new national President. Tristine has been with Plunket in various volunteer roles for nearly 30 years including the past 10 years on the Board.
This is an exciting time for us and we look forward to sharing more with you in our next newsletter.