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Health organisations highlight child issues

Thursday 4 May 2006

Health organisations highlight importance of child health in Rotorua

Well child providers in the Lakes region are banding together to deliver well child messages next week. The national theme for Well Child Week 8-12 May 2006, is Well Child Checks and making parents and families aware of their right to free check ups until their child turns five years old.

Toi Te Ora – Public Health, Plunket and Tipu Ora are carrying out a host of activities to raise awareness. Toi Te Ora – Public Health has developed new well child health packs for distribution.

“They include a wide range of information on issues such as oral health, immunisation, vision and hearing, smokefree homes, pandemic influenza and nutrition as well as balloons and fridge magnets,” says Toi Te Ora – Public Health Health Promoter Janis Graham.

The information packs will be given to each mother who visits the following events.

Child Health Day
Tunohopu Health Centre, Rotorua
Tuesday 9 May
9am-2pm

The Tipu Ora Nursing team will be available to assist parents with any questions on child health and the mobile ear clinic will be on site.

Open Day Drop in Clinic
Plunket Centre, Pukuatua St, Rotorua
Thursday 11 May
9am-3pm

“The Plunket team will be available to carry out Well Child Checks and answer any questions,” says Janis Graham. “We are also visiting Early Childhood Education Centres and Kohanga Reo in the Lakes area.”

The Well Child Week is about bringing child health issues to the forefront of people's minds and reminding them it is not something to think about for just one week of the year, but year round.

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