Getting the best start for children and delivering strong support to families
Plunket is New Zealand’s largest provider of Well Child services. 56,225 newborn babies and their parents enrolled with us for support in the year to June 2012, 92.1 percent of Statistics New Zealand Births for the same period.
In the year to June 2012 we had 619,817 contacts with parents and whānau. We did this through a combination of home visits, visits to clinics, and in some areas mobile clinics and family centres.
PlunketLine delivers results
Fully funded by the Ministry of Health as part of the Well Child contract, PlunketLine provides a toll-free telephone advice service available to all families/whānau and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In the last 12 months, to June 2012, PlunketLine answered 102,470 Well Child calls.
All calls are answered by a Plunket nurse, who can not only give advice and information on parenting issues and children’s well-being but connect families to a nationwide family support network, including referrals to local Plunket nurses, car seat rentals and Plunket family centres.
PlunketLine is committed to providing a multi-lingual service to callers. We have Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Māori, Samoan and Cook Island Māori nurses who are able to assist clients in their first language. While the number of callers using this service remains small – less than 1 percent of total calls – use is increasing and is up 19.75 percent on the previous year. For speakers of other languages we offer an interpreting service