Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are increasing slowly, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2015 and in 2016, 87. 5% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received breast milk, a figure 1.
Plunket is saddened this week by the passing of Te Ao Marama Wilson, who dedicated much of her life to supporting communities and improving the health of tamariki as part of Plunket. Poroporoaki farewell Haere atu ra e te whaea, hoki atu ki o maunga kārangaranga me o tīpuna haere atu ra, haere atu Moe mai ra. Te Ao Marama Wilson has closed her eyes for the last time on this Earth.
It’s with great pleasure that we warmly welcome Elevit® Breastfeeding to the Pick Me Help Plunket family. Elevit® Breastfeeding is the second Bayer product to join the Pick Me Help Plunket programme, with Bepanthen® Ointment joining the popular programme in July. It’s no surprise that for some mothers eating a healthy, well balanced and nutritious diet is challenging especially when breastfeeding.
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.
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.
National Volunteer Week (21-27 June) is a chance for Plunket to celebrate the thousands of volunteers across the country, and the different ways they give their time to support families with young children. “Volunteers founded Plunket in 1907 to ‘help the mothers and save the babies’, and over a century later, volunteers are still at the heart of our services for families today,” said Andree Talbot, Plunket New Zealand President. “National Volunteer Week is a chance for us to say thank you to all those who give their time and their individual skills to help families in our region, this week and every week.
Plunket is welcoming the child hardship package of $790 million over four years in today’s budget as a step forward in helping children in New Zealand’s poorest families. As part of the government’s ‘child hardship package’, as of 1 April 2016 beneficiaries with children will receive $25 a week more. Families not on a benefit on a low income will receive up to $12.
Plunket, one of New Zealand’s icons, celebrates its 108th birthday this week - and is still going strong. “Nine in 10 babies in New Zealand are ‘Plunket babies’, so it is a birthday we can all share and enjoy,” said New Zealand Plunket President, Andree Talbot. Plunket was founded in 1907 in Dunedin by child health visionary, Sir Frederic Truby King.
Four years after Plunket’s Canterbury Area Office was damaged in the February 2011 earthquakes, Plunket’s Christchurch staff and volunteers have a new home-base. Prime Minister John Key officially opened Plunket’s new Canterbury Plunket Office – Southern Region yesterday, at an event which celebrated the strength and resilience of Christchurch Plunket people in continuing to provide support for local families following the earthquakes. The new building at 5–7 Twigger Street, Addington will be Plunket’s South Island operations hub, a base from which staff will work to support families in Christchurch and across the South Island.