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Auckland measles outbreak highlights importance of immunisation

News of a feared measles outbreak in Auckland has prompted Plunket to restate the importance of immunisation. “Immunisation is the most effective way to protect children from the many childhood diseases that can affect New Zealand families today,” says Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson.  Allison says these diseases can have serious complications and are often spread by family members or friends.

Tags: 0 comments 18 February 2014

Plunket supports tobacco plain packaging legislation

New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five welcomes proposed legislation requiring plain packaging of tobacco products. The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament last night and has now been referred to the Health Select Committee for public consultation. Plunket Clinical Advisor Elaine Gordon says Plunket actively support the government’s goal of halving tobacco consumption by 2015 and achieving a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025.

Tags: 0 comments 12 February 2014

Plunket casting for TVC

Do you still have your Plunket Book? or maybe your mum has got it tucked away safely for you?
We are looking for people of all ages to take part in a new Television commercial airing in March. We are looking for individuals and a variety of family groups – siblings, multi-generational families, mother/son, father/daughter… 
Filming will take place in Wellington on Sunday 16 February so all applicants must be based in Wellington. Is your Plunket book tucked away? Keep it there! We want your reactions in reading your book for the first time in a long time.

Plunket partners with VTNZ to help grow great kiwi kids

Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) has teamed up with Plunket to help provide for New Zealand’s future generations as a ‘Pick Me Help Plunket’ partner. The two organisations have been working together since 2006 but are now formalising and extending the relationship. VTNZ Chief Executive Mike Walsh said that, as part of VTNZ’s commitment to safety, “we’re delighted to increase our nationwide support for Plunket to help them provide more support services to New Zealand families.

Tags: 0 comments Posted by Nikki Prendergast on 3 February 2014

Colgate teams up with Plunket and the New Zealand Dental Association to alleviate New Zealand’s cavity count

Early childhood caries is one of the most common and costly diseases of childhood, according to the Report of the Health Committee, and Colgate, Plunket and the New Zealand Dental Association are working together to establish healthy oral hygiene habits in Kiwi kids from a young age. Colgate gives a toothbrush and toothpaste to every new Plunket baby at their five month visit along with educational resources for parents in a bid to combat early childhood caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities. Colgate Scientific Affairs Manager Rebecca Schipper says oral disease and its consequences, such as pain and self-consciousness, can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life and future ability to gain employment, highlighting the importance of taking care of our children’s teeth.

Tags: 0 comments 3 February 2014

Free Plunket car seat for family devastated by vandals

After reading of the plight of the Olivier family, whose car was trashed by vandals last Sunday, Canterbury Plunket Car Seat Services has offered to assist the family by providing a free car seat through its donation car seat scheme sponsored by Paul Kelly Motor Co. http://www. stuff.

Tags: 0 comments 27 January 2014

Plunket: Keep an eye out for kids on the roads

Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school next week. As New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five, Plunket recognises many children will be venturing off to school for the first time. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says for parents and caregivers the start of the school year can be an emotional and busy time.

Tags: 0 comments 23 January 2014

Plunket gets Bear Hug Appeal started

Plunket’s Bear Hug Appeal is gearing up for this coming March. Our family of very cuddly and huggable bears has grown! We now have Big, Middle and Little Blue – who all come with a smile guarantee!
Our family of Blue Bears will be out helping to promote Plunket and asking for your support during our Annual Appeal. Why does Plunket need to fundraise?
As a not-for-profit organisation we have to fundraise so that we can sustain and grow our community support services.

Tags: 0 comments 22 January 2014

Keep kids safe around water this summer

Photo credit: WaterSafe Auckland

Planning on hitting the beach with your family this summer? The weather looks set to improve this weekend, so a quick dip at the beach or at your local pool has never looked so good. Water activities are a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous. Water Safety New Zealand recently reported that 81 people drowned in New Zealand in 2013, including five preschoolers.

Tags: 0 comments 22 January 2014

Knitting for Plunket

Knit World, one of New Zealand’s leading knit specialists, is getting behind Plunket and launching a ‘Knit World Pattern for Plunket’ campaign. Knit World has asked customers to use a special pattern to knit a total of 15,000 items (beanies, singlets and booties). Once Knit World has reached their target, stores will distribute the items to local Plunket clinics and will ensure some items go to high need families.

Tags: 0 comments 8 January 2014

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