Plunket’s latest figures on breastfeeding, released ahead of World Breastfeeding week, show New Zealand’s breastfeeding rates for 2011 and 2012 are the highest they’ve been in 19 years. Plunket clinical advisor Marianne Grant says that the figures are great news for New Zealand. “Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are definitely improving.
Plunket’s Car Seat Service will get a funding boost this week when Kmart makes it easy for shoppers to support the vital community service. Collection boxes will be at all Kmart registers to allow shoppers to add a donation to their next purchase. Scott Fisher Plunket’s Sales & Marketing Manager says Plunket is thrilled about the Kmart initiative.
Proposed legislation to extend Paid Parental Leave to 6 months has the full support of New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and wellbeing of children under five.
Plunket Manager of Service Development, Helen Connors, says Plunket recommends six months paid parental leave to give every child born in New Zealand the best start in life. “We firmly believe Sue Moroney’s Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill deserves the opportunity to be debated through the parliamentary legislative process.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the wellbeing of children under five welcomes the Health Select Committee’s current inquiry into preventing child abuse and improving children's health outcomes. The purpose of the inquiry is to find what practical health and social interventions can be made from before birth until three years of age. In a joint oral submission to the Select Committee today, with advocacy coalition Every Child Counts, Plunket encouraged all political parties to have an investment approach to children.
The importance of children’s car seats has been powerfully demonstrated in Otago after a recent spate of accidents in the region. “It’s great to see restraints being used. They have definitely done their job in these cases”, says Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.