Volunteer Awareness Week (16-22 June) is a chance to acknowledge and thank more than one million New Zealanders who give their time and skills to make a difference in their communities every year. “Plunket was founded 106 years ago by people who wanted to help others in their communities”, says Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark. “Today we have thousands of hard working, selfless people who give of their time, knowledge, skills and energy.
On 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, it’s time to celebrate nurses around the world through International Nurses Day. Plunket CEO Jenny Prince says that nurses make a huge contribution to society and are often unsung heroes. “Plunket nurses have been a part of New Zealander’s lives for over 100 years, giving parents the advice and support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies.
PlunketPlus is an exciting initiative from Plunket, which will change the way we record, store and access information, integrate services and have the ability to connect in real time, at the point of care. “It has made me proud of our achievements to date, excited by our innovative initiative and also aware that this will touch all our people, every aspect of our business, and ultimately our clients. This is one of the largest projects that we’ve ever undertaken” Plunket CEO, Jenny Prince said.
The nights are getting longer and colder and keeping children warm and safe is a priority as winter settles in. Heating the home brings with it a number of potential safety hazards and we need to ensure people are aware of the dangers and the simple rules that could help keep everyone safe.
Burns from heaters and fires are a real danger for children.
Plunket says World Immunisation Week, which kicks off on Monday, is a wonderful opportunity to promote the importance of immunisation to communities throughout New Zealand. World Immunisation Awareness Week (22-29 April) is a World Health Organization initiative to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson says immunisation is a vitally important a tool to protect New Zealand families and communities.
Plunket is pleased to hear that more New Zealand families are making use of free B4 School health checks. The government announced today that nearly 80 percent of four year old children received a B4 School Check last year – an increase of around 30 percent on previous years. Plunket Clinical Advisor Sandra Innes says the B4 School Check aims to ensure that all children get the best possible start to their school life.
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety while they’re on the roads this holiday weekend. “Have a great break this Easter, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled up”, says Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor. “If it means taking two vehicles to transport everyone, please do it, the consequences of an unrestrained adult or child in a crash can be devastating.
Colgate-Palmolive, Plunket and the NZ Dental Association are celebrating giving away more than 150,000 infant toothbrushes and toothpastes, as part of their commitment to establish healthy oral hygiene habits in Kiwi children from an early age. For the past three years, Colgate has donated a toothbrush and toothpaste to every new baby at their five-month Plunket visit, along with educational resources developed by NZ Dental Association (NZDA), for Plunket nurses and parents. The joint initiative is designed to combat cavities in New Zealand children’s teeth.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the 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 serious disease influenza is”, says Plunket clinical advisor Marianne Grant. “It kills around 400 New Zealanders, directly or indirectly, each year – so it’s not something we should take lightly.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five welcomes the release of figures showing the number of infant deaths at record lows. Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson says it shows that safety messages are getting through. “Plunket and other agencies have put a lot of work into getting safe sleeping messages out to parents and it’s great to see these messages having an impact.