Plunket has today launched an ambitious 1000-day campaign to raise awareness of the vital role that the charity plays in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. “The best research shows that what happens to a child in their first 1000 days will influence their entire life,” Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu says. “The type of care that a child receives in that critical time can be the difference between a life of happiness, or a life of hardship.
A product recall has been issued for Mamas & Papas, Armadillo Flip XT strollers. The product has been recalled because under certain conditions, when in the parent facing position, a latch may slip and cause the seatback to tip backwards. The seatback tip cannot occur when the infant is in the forward facing position or where a basinet attachment is used.
Plunket’s new Chief Executive Amanda Malu says the greatest social good is achieved by investing in a child’s earliest years - and that by investing in our children, we are investing in our future. The announcement of the new appointment was made today by Acting New Zealand President Christine Lake, who says that the Board was delighted to be able to appoint someone of Amanda’s calibre and experience. “Plunket is at the beginning of an ambitious work programme to adapt to the changing needs of New Zealand families.
Residents of Temuka’s Wallingford Rest Home are forgoing popular hair appointments so they can attend a weekly Plunket music and movement class for babies and young children.
The rest home is the latest to be involved in visits by Plunket groups which includes the Baby Buddy playdate at the Lady Allum rest Home in Auckland and Otago Plunket’s playgroup in the St Andrews rest Home in Dunedin. The music and movement class at the rest home is a must-attend for some residents.
Bay of Plenty Chinese Speaking Families coffee and playgroup welcomes parents who speak Chinese to its weekly sessions in Tauranga. Local Plunket Nurse Tany Ngar initiated the group because there were a number of Chinese speaking mothers with young babies who she wanted to bring together for mutual support.
Caroline Lin is one of three volunteer members who keep the group going.
Plunket has welcomed the Government’s proposed overhaul of New Zealand’s family violence laws, which will see more support for victims and new offences introduced. Today’s announcement follows a two-year review of family violence laws and will see more than 50 changes to the current Domestic Violence Act. Family violence is a significant health and a social issue, Plunket’s General Manager Clinical Services Helen Connors says.