Plunket made a submission into the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, a process designed to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa New Zealand. The Inquiry asked people to tell them:
What’s working well?
What’s not working well?
What could be done better?
What sort of society would be best for the mental health of all of our people?
Plunket’s submission is based on an understanding of health and well-being informed by Te Whare Tapa Whā model. The four dimensions of well-being, Taha tinana (physical health), Taha Wairua (spiritual health), Taha whānau (family health), and Taha hinengaro (mental health) are equally important to the well-being of tamariki/children and their whānau and family.
“It feels like a second home. ”
That is how Ashleigh feels about the Papakura Supported Playgroup, where she takes her 15-month-old daughter Hannah up to four times a week. “I started coming after the Plunket Nurse told me about it and thought it would be good for me to go along as I was at home a lot of the time and feeling overwhelmed with Hannah.
Plunket volunteers are making a difference in communities across New Zealand each day, by being there to support new babies and their families. Plunket Trust Chair Christine Lake says National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity for Plunket to recognise and thank its 1300 volunteers for the amazing work they do. Christine joined Plunket as a volunteer in 2000 to meet people and she still volunteers for Plunket, now in a governance role.
Community consultation (7 – 25 June) begins today to help Plunket better understand the needs of Karori families with children under five years old. Radha Balakrishnan, Plunket’s Chief of Strategy and Performance, says the consultation is an opportunity to hear from hundreds of young families in Karori - so Plunket can be sure it is delivering the services they need most. The future of Plunket’s Karori Crèche will be part of the conversations and consultation.