With nominations now open for the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, now is a good time to think about a Plunket Volunteer who has made an impact in your community. The awards not only recognise outstanding individuals, teams and organisations, but they raise awareness around the important and valuable role volunteers play. Last year’s award recipients ranged in age from 14 to 85, and their stories were wide ranging and very inspiring.
Health Minister Tony Ryall today launched the annual influenza immunisation campaign. Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and well-being of children under five is encouraging New Zealanders to take up the government’s offer of free influenza vaccinations. “New Zealanders tend to underestimate what a serious disease influenza is”, says Plunket Clinical Advisory Manager Karen Magrath.
Flooding following the severe storm that has lashed Canterbury has affected local Plunket services. Many Plunket services have been cancelled and appointments are being rescheduled. Plunket is advising parents and caregivers to follow Council advice not to leave home today if you don’t need to.
The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society is delighted with the news from Kensington Palace and the New Zealand Royal Visit Office today that they are to be a part of the upcoming visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George. “We are just so excited to be a part of the visit. Their time in New Zealand is so limited so to get the opportunity to introduce them to Plunket is such an honour”, says Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark.
Plunket’s Annual ‘Bear Hug’ Appeal kicks off next week which means that collectors will soon be taking to the streets around the country to raise funds for local Plunket services. Unfortunately, this also brings a risk of bogus collectors shaking a bucket or knocking on doors and claiming to be from Plunket. Every year a number of unscrupulous groups and individuals attempt to defraud the public by pretending to collect on behalf of charities.
HealthPost, New Zealand’s online natural health and beauty shop, has generously donated over $8,500 towards Plunket Family Centres and clinics during their January ‘Charity of the Month’ campaign. As part of their ‘Charity of the Month’ promotion, HealthPost asked customers to select a charity to donate $2 towards – an initiative that HealthPost pays for, not the customer. During January, Plunket received over 4,250 votes resulting in the $8,500 donation.
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.
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.
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.