Nurses play a critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. On International Nurses Day (12 May), Whānau Āwhina Plunket is celebrating the role its nurses have played for generations of New Zealand whānau and families. It is also paying tribute to its founders Mere Harper, Ria Tikini and Dr Truby King, who 113 years ago paved the way for thousands of Plunket Nurses.
The change from Alert level 4 to Alert level 3 sees little change to how Whānau Āwhina Plunket services will be provided to support to tamariki and whānau. Well Child Tamariki Ora services will continue to be delivered virtually, to minimise transmission and support the wider health system COVID-19 effort, until restrictions ease and Plunket is able to resume ‘in person visits’. There may be a slight change for whānau with tamariki enrolled in one of Plunket’s Early Childhood Centres (ECEs).
Since the 1st April, the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) has been working with New World supermarkets, Hyundai New Zealand and Z Energy to ensure those who find it harder to get their groceries (such as the over 65’s & the medically vulnerable) are supported, through the SVA online shop & volunteer delivery service (www. shop. sva.
Plunket has launched a prioritised virtual service to ensure it can continue to support whānau following the Government’s move to raise the COVID-19 Alert level to Level 4 which has meant the suspension of all Plunket’s face-to-face services. Chief Executive Amanda Malu says Plunket has been working on innovative and alternative ways of service delivery to ensure Plunket stays responsive to the pandemic and can continue to support whānau, especially those who need it the most. “Plunket will continue to support all whānau, but during this time the way services will be offered, and the availability of those services will change.
Plunket National Coordinator Maire Perrott has created a series of booklets full of activities for whānau at home. Check out the booklets below for fun ideas to keep you and your little ones busy and happy!Activities for:
Six months to one year old
One to three-year-olds
Four to five-year-olds
Six to ten-year-olds.
From Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu:Kia ora,I hope you and your whānau are doing okay, as we enter into day two of our nation-wide lockdown. As promised I wanted to keep you all updated on what Plunket’s doing to ensure we can continue to protect you and your whānau during this time. The move to alert level 4 has meant that we have had to suspend all of our usual face-to-face services - but we've been working hard to innovate and offer alternative ways to support our Kiwi whānau.
We're going to be sharing lots of different resources and activities to help you entertain your little ones at home over the next four weeks while we're all in lockdown, so keep an eye on our website and the Plunket New Zealand Facebook page. 30 Days of Play Here are 30 different ideas for ways you can have fun and develop your child's mind at the same time! Facebook Live: Happy Chaos
Live Chat: Happy ChaosTonight we're talking.
Following the Government’s announcement that New Zealand has raised its COVID-19 Alert level to Level 3, and within 48 hours will raise to Level 4, effectively immediately Plunket will suspend all its face to face services to ensure New Zealand whānau and tamariki remain safe. Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu says Plunket has had to make some difficult decisions in a short period of time, but despite having to stop face to face services Plunket remains committed to supporting New Zealand whānau more than ever. “We are currently working on a number of alternative ways of delivering our services to ensure no one feels isolated or alone and to be sure that whānau have support and access to Plunket’s support when they need it most,” Ms Malu says.
Tamariki and whānau are at the heart of everything we do, and ensuring the health and safety of our children, families and communities is our primary concern. Due to the latest developments, we’ve decided to temporarily close all of our clinics, play groups, and parenting groups from Monday 23 March 2020. Taking this step will help to reduce the risk of infection and protect families.
Plunket Whānau Āwhina and the New Zealand College of Midwives ran a Facebook Live Chat Q&A on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) to support pregnant women and those with young tamariki this morning. You can watch this below, or on the Plunket New Zealand Facebook page.
Live Chat: COVID-19Kia ora! 👋Welcome to our Live Chat about COVID-19.