Plunket has appointed Jane O’Malley as its first Chief Nurse, a key appointment to support progress towards delivery of its new strategy and strengthen its focus on nursing leadership. Jane O’Malley will join the Plunket leadership team from her current role as Chief Nursing Officer for the Ministry of Health. “We are delighted to have someone of Jane’s calibre join our team at this important stage of Plunket’s journey.
Plunket welcomes the Government’s Families Package as a positive step towards reducing child poverty and giving the welfare of New Zealand tamariki the priority it deserves. “It is encouraging to see that the Government is taking action in its first 100 days to help make the difference of a lifetime in our tamariki’s first 1000 days,” said Plunket’s Chief Strategy and Performance Officer, Radha Balakrishnan. Plunket nurses see 9 in 10 babies born in New Zealand, and sees first-hand the impact of poverty and poor housing on young families, with more and more whānau struggling to make ends meet: “The results are poor child health, stressed families and poorer outcomes for children – especially for our Māori and Pacific communities who bear the brunt of this burden on our children,” said Radha Balakrishnan.
Plunket is paying tribute to over 1000 volunteers in communities across New Zealand on International Volunteer Day. International Volunteer Day is an annual United Nations-led initiative that recognises the contribution volunteers make in our communities both locally and globally. This year the theme is 'Volunteers Act First.
Plunket is encouraging mums, pregnant women and those trying to get pregnant to check they are immunised from whooping cough, to protect themselves and their children. The Ministry of Heath today declared a national outbreak of whooping cough, as a total of 1,315 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2017. “Immunisation is a free, proven way that parents can protect their children against serious diseases, including whooping cough.
Plunket is proud to support the national Safe Sleep initiative for whānau this Safe Sleep Day, 1 December. Plunket’s National Advisor for Māori Health, Zoe Tipa, says Safe Sleep Day is a national campaign focused on promoting safe sleep practices for babies, so that every sleep is a safe sleep. “Every year in New Zealand, more than 40 babies die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI – which includes SIDS or cot death) and it is preventable.