It’s an interesting time for the paid parental leave lobby group, 26 for Babies coalition. On 19 September the draft law aiming for 26 weeks’ paid parental leave will be back in the hands of our politicians. Plunket recommends 26 weeks’ paid parental leave to give New Zealand children the best start in life.
Eight years ago, and thanks to the support of our donors, Plunket launched new mobile clinics – ‘clinics on wheels’ designed to reach out to families who, for any number of reasons, weren’t accessing child health checks or preferred not to be visited at home. The aim was to ensure that, no matter what their circumstances, babies and children could get the checks and care they needed, and parents and caregivers could access support, information and advice. Today the mobile clinic is an increasingly important part of the Plunket service; we now have four on the road, covering Northland, Waitamata, Auckland City and and Counties Manukau.
Plunket is in the first stage of the development of PlunketPlus – the new electronic information system – which will eventually see Plunket nurses being able to access the records of every Plunket child in the country, via the use of tablets. When developing PlunketPlus, Plunket wanted to do more than simply move from a paper based system to an electronic one. Plunket’s General Manager of Service Delivery Brenda Hynes says “Plunket will connect us in new ways with our clients and other service providers across New Zealand, and will transform the way we access information at the point of care with the children and families we work with”.
Breastfeeding is celebrated around the world every year from 1 - 7 August with World Breastfeeding Week. As part of the New Zealand celebrations, Women's Health Action runs the Big Latch OnTM. On Friday 2 August at 10.
The Plunket Rooms in Bishopdale Mall will be closing on Monday 22 July after Christchurch City Council received a Detailed Engineering Evaluation that shows the building is earthquake-prone. Plunket’s Canterbury Area Manager Anne Feld says the Bishopdale Plunket rooms currently house the Plunket Family Centre and is the Bishopdale Plunket clinic. “Christchurch families have been through a lot over the last few years and it’s always disappointing to have to change things on them again.
This weekend our wonderful Principal Sponsor, BNZ, will be subbing off their logo on four Investec Super Rugby shirts for the Plunket logo. The logo swap will take place for the two local matches between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes in Christchurch on July 12, and again for the Blues v Chiefs match at Eden Park on July 13. We wanted to celebrate this by rewarding a great dad and celebrating the important role father's play in the lives of their children.
Massive thanks to Robert Walters Recruitment Consultants who helped us raise over $15,000 for Plunket New Zealand!A Quiz Night evening sponsored by Robert Walters was a chance for Robert Walters, and Plunket to thank their partners, sponsors, clients and suppliers for the support and business they have given to the two organisations. Through raffle and auction items donated by generous organisations around Wellington and New Zealand, $15,200 was raised and proceeds will be used to continue to provide community services and give kiwi kids the best start in life. An Auckland Quiz night with Robert Walters is scheduled for October.
Plunket welcomes the passing into law of an increase in the age limit for the mandatory use of child car restraints from age 5 to age 7. This will require children to be in an appropriate child restraint until their 7th birthday. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says this is good news.