Around 180 families in Northland are the first in the country to experience the digital future of Plunket’s ‘Well Child Tamariki Ora’ health checks. Thirty-one Plunket frontline health professionals are using tablets equipped with a newly developed Plunket app for the first time, in the homes of New Zealand families from Dargaville to Kaitaia. This is the pilot of the new electronic Plunket Health Record – or ePHR – which is being developed in partnership with Microsoft, Marker Metro and Koorb, to help Plunket improve children’s health outcomes by giving families a more effective service.
Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are steadily increasing, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2013 and in 2014, 86% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received some breast milk, the highest rate since 1994. The increases are encouraging, however the statistics also show the rate of any breastfeeding at 12 weeks is consistently lower than the rate at 6 weeks.