Plunket is launching its draft 'Asian People's Strategy' today, inviting feedback from the Asian community on its plans to ensure its services are relevant and accessible to the growing number of Asian families in New Zealand. Plunket is New Zealand’s largest provider of free healthcare services to families with children aged 0 to 5, offering 'Well Child Tamariki Ora' health checks at key stages of children’s development, either through Plunket nurse home visits or at Plunket clinics. It also offers family support services free or at low cost, from playgroups to parenting courses.
Plunket is joining forces with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Puni Kōkiri to help families teach their young children te reo. As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (27 July-2 August), Plunket is distributing language resources by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to help families speak te reo to their young children. Around 3,500 free language resources will be distributed by Plunket nurses and healthworkers across the country during Te Wiki, with a focus on Māori families.
A new Plunket antenatal programme is exceeding all expectations – for the parents taking part and for the volunteers who are the secrets to its success. Hosted by the Johnsonville Plunket Centre, the programme is the brainchild of Sandra Yeldon, a Plunket volunteer and President of the Johnsonville Plunket Committee. Determined to find a sustainable way of funding the increasing costs of operating the centre, Sandra researched and confirmed community demand for a reasonably priced antenatal class.
The Truby King Bequest Society returned to its birthplace in March, with an afternoon tea in Dunedin. Plunket mums, ex-Karitane nurses and ex-Plunket committee members gathered to celebrate our achievements and hear about plans for the future – all aimed at ensuring that Plunket continues to offer the services that new mums and their children need. We welcomed the Society’s 32nd member at a similar event in April, in Palmerston North.
Plunket is supporting three exciting initiatives designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children.
Training the babysitters of the future
Through our Education in Schools programme we’ve updated the Plunket Babysitting Certificate course, which teaches potential babysitters how to keep children safe and ultimately be responsible, caring, trustworthy, respectful and competent in their roles. Targeted mainly at students aged 13-14, the course is also sometimes taught as part of after-school programmes and community activities and in Girls’ Brigade and Plunket centres.
Lucy Afemui has been with us for just a few months but she's already making a huge difference for families and children in South Auckland.
Lucy’s passionate about enabling local families to have a voice in decisions that affect them, so soon after she began her role as a Plunket Community Services Team Leader she set about doing just that. She met families, listened to their stories and swung into action to help them get the best possible service from Plunket.