“Providing good advice and a supportive environment is key to helping mothers and their babies who are learning to breastfeed,” says Dr Jane O’Malley, Plunket’s Chief Nurse. This week Plunket celebrates World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) with events throughout the country as part of the Big Latch On, and encourages everyone to support breastfeeding women in all situations. “Although breastfeeding is natural it sometimes doesn’t come naturally, and it’s normal for mums to need extra assistance as they learn this new skill and understand their baby’s needs.
Stephen Deans, Skoda’s National Sales and Corporate Manager, was on hand today to present Plunket Foundation Lottery second prize winner Mohidin Uiese with the keys to a brand new Skoda Fabia. “We are really pleased to be working alongside the Plunket Foundation as part of the Lottery”, Deans said. “It’s a fantastic cause and we know that both Plunket and Lions Clubs provide great support to families across the country.
Plunket is grateful to the thousands of people who supported the Plunket Foundation Lottery, which was drawn on Wednesday 18 July. “It was fantastic to have the support and it means so much to the children and families who will benefit from the work that Plunket and Lions Clubs do in communities across New Zealand”, says Carolyn Mettrick, Lottery Organiser. The Plunket Foundation Lottery was drawn under Police supervision and the prize winners have been contacted.
Plunket Nurse Te Rongopai Clay Mackay is fluent in Te Reo and is using her language skills to kōrero when she visits whānau clients for Well Child checks. “I really enjoy being able to share my love of Te Reo and kōrero with new mums about how they are coping, how their child is doing and to answer any questions they may have. “It makes the checks a much warmer and enriching experience for me and my clients.
Plunket made a submission into the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, a process designed to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa New Zealand. The Inquiry asked people to tell them:
What’s working well?
What’s not working well?
What could be done better?
What sort of society would be best for the mental health of all of our people?
Plunket’s submission is based on an understanding of health and well-being informed by Te Whare Tapa Whā model. The four dimensions of well-being, Taha tinana (physical health), Taha Wairua (spiritual health), Taha whānau (family health), and Taha hinengaro (mental health) are equally important to the well-being of tamariki/children and their whānau and family.
“It feels like a second home. ”
That is how Ashleigh feels about the Papakura Supported Playgroup, where she takes her 15-month-old daughter Hannah up to four times a week. “I started coming after the Plunket Nurse told me about it and thought it would be good for me to go along as I was at home a lot of the time and feeling overwhelmed with Hannah.
Plunket volunteers are making a difference in communities across New Zealand each day, by being there to support new babies and their families. Plunket Trust Chair Christine Lake says National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity for Plunket to recognise and thank its 1300 volunteers for the amazing work they do. Christine joined Plunket as a volunteer in 2000 to meet people and she still volunteers for Plunket, now in a governance role.
Community consultation (7 – 25 June) begins today to help Plunket better understand the needs of Karori families with children under five years old. Radha Balakrishnan, Plunket’s Chief of Strategy and Performance, says the consultation is an opportunity to hear from hundreds of young families in Karori - so Plunket can be sure it is delivering the services they need most. The future of Plunket’s Karori Crèche will be part of the conversations and consultation.
Plunket's submission on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill
Plunket CEO Amanda Malu says the Child Poverty Reduction Bill is a significant and welcome step in eliminating the devastating impacts of child poverty.
Speaking at today’s Select Committee hearing on the Bill, Ms Malu said it did not go far enough in recognising the importance of the wider ‘village’ to a child’s well-being and the vast disparities for some groups of children, particularly Māori tamariki.
“Plunket sees first-hand the damage done to a child when they grow up in a family and community experiencing poverty.
Plunket is encouraging all pregnant women to get immunised against both whooping cough and influenza. Immunisation Week (30 April – 6 May) this year is all about immunisation from pregnancy onwards. “Immunisation is an important tool in preventing the spread of disease and it’s free”, says Dr Jane O’Malley, Plunket’s Chief Nurse.