More than two million parents and caregivers have called Plunket’s 24/7 parent helpline when they have needed advice on the health and wellbeing of their child or whānau. Plunket staff are celebrating the milestone this month, which included a morning tea with the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter, along with other special guests. "We are absolutely privileged and lucky to have this service in New Zealand because it is unique and it is part of our fabric as a nation,” Ms Ardern said.
More than two million parents and caregivers have turned to PlunketLine when they have needed help and advice on the health and wellbeing of their child or whānau. The free 24/7 telephone support service celebrates 25 years today and is providing more support in more ways, as well as being the trusted first point of call for parents for a range of issues relating to young children. “It could be as simple as supporting a first-time parent, unsure if their baby is unwell, or helping a parent who’s been up much of the night with a child who won’t sleep.
A new partnership between YMCA Auckland, Plunket and Auckland Council is increasing the push for zero drownings in the under-five age group across Auckland. The partnership, which takes effect from Monday 29th April 2019, is being driven by YMCA Auckland and will see the not-for-profit’s Swim School programme run out of eight Auckland pools rather than the current four. In 2017, seven children under the age of five drowned in New Zealand, that’s two more than in 2016.
Pukeko Pictures’ preschool brand, Kiddets has partnered with Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of free development, health and wellbeing support services for children under five. The partnership will see Kiddets and Plunket branded collateral available to Plunket’s 530 locations across New Zealand, helping to make children’s Well Child checks even more enjoyable. “We are really excited to be working with Pukeko Pictures again and the Kiddets is a great platform to get some important health messages out to children and whānau,” said Plunket’s Head of Partnerships and Brand, Carolyn Mettrick.
This week Dancing with the Stars NZ announced that Jude Dobson, beloved 90s TV personality and passionate advocate for children and families, will be appearing on this season’s show – and Plunket is her charity of choice!
“We are really excited that Jude has chosen to support Plunket,” said Amanda Malu, Plunket Chief Executive. “Jude has a long association with Plunket. Following her high-profile career as a television presenter, Jude established Raising Children Media to support parents in the child-raising journey with video content.
Following the tragic events in Christchurch, your children and other family members may have lots of questions or be fearful. It is ok not to have all the answers. At times like this, children want and need to feel safe, so being there to answer their questions is really important as is lots of extra love and hugs.
Plunket is hosting a live Facebook Chat session tonight, to support families with questions on the Canterbury Measles outbreak. Plunket Chief Nurse Dr Jane O’Malley says Plunket – through its nursing and PlunketLine freephone 24/7 services – has been inundated with questions from parents and families seeking information and advice on Measles. “It’s clear to us that parents want to know how they can best protect themselves and their family and what they should do if they suspect their child or a family member has measles.
Immunisation is your best protection against measles, which is an incredibly infectious and serious illness. Two doses of MMR vaccine are free for all unimmunised or partially immunised people who were born after 1969, and are over 12 months’ old. There are now 28 confirmed cases of the measles in the Canterbury area.
The Karori Plunket Crѐche will close, despite considerable efforts by Plunket and crѐche parents to find a way to make the crѐche sustainable. Plunket Chief Commercial Officer Duncan Scott says Plunket has been working with the crѐche parents who had hoped to transfer the crѐche to their operation. “A huge amount of hard work and planning has been done by the parents and Plunket, but we have been unable to find a solution that can secure the long term financial viability of the crѐche.
Plunket welcomes the latest statistics showing a continued fall in New Zealand’s infant mortality rates, including for Māori infants. Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu says it is the long-term trend in the statistics, which show New Zealand’s infant mortality rate was down to 3. 8 deaths per 1000 live births in 2018 compared with 5.