News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


97 years on and parenting is still a tough job

Media Release

10 May 2004

97 years on and parenting is still a tough job

Plunket volunteers throughout New Zealand will celebrate the founding of Plunket's 97th birthday1 on Friday 14 May.

Kaye Crowther, Plunket's New Zealand president, says that even as the organisation nears its centenary, the job of parenting remains one of the toughest.

"Truby King's key concern in 1907 was the high child mortality rate and the lack of help and advice to new mothers. While the mortality rate has changed, today large numbers of mothers still struggle with caring for their newborns.

"There is no formula to perfect parenting, but Plunket has 97 years of experience in getting it right and developing innovative programmes to help. It is a vibrant and progressive organisation continually seeking ways of helping today's parents.

Take Plunket Line, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. While authorities may not have been ready for a telephone health/advice service, New Zealand's mums and dads were, and they have been our greatest supporters and advocates with 5,000 - 6,000 calling the line each month.

"It's 21 years ago that we started the car seat rental scheme. We as mothers saw the need for children to be in car seats when travelling in motor vehicles and today there are 170 Plunket car seat rental schemes supplying car seats to over 20,000 children at any one time.

"Plunket mothers continue to be the volunteers who run safety and parenting programmes in their communities. Volunteers are crucial to Plunket as they add strength to their community. In association with our valued professional staff, Plunket supports the health and well-being of young New Zealand families," says Kaye Crowther.

Plunket rooms and clinics are in most towns and cities in New Zealand and on Friday Plunket mums will be there, celebrating their involvement with the organisation.

"Truby King was right in1907. There was a need for Plunket then, and there is a need for it today," says Kaye Crowther.

ends

1 Founder's Day

Plunket was formed in 1907 following a public meeting called by Dunedin doctor Truby King, who was concerned about the child mortality rate and the lack of help and advice available to new mothers. The date of the meeting was 14 May 1907, which has since become known within Plunket as 'Founder's Day'. The day marks the contribution of both Sir Truby King and the women who first started the organisation. All Plunket branches celebrate Founder's Day in some special way - whether by having a morning tea or picnic, or some other activity to mark the day. Founders Day is, in effect, Plunket's birthday.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi.
More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

CDF Tim Keating: NZ Somme Centenary

"Our generals also knew what to expect, and they built that knowledge into their planning. Each of the four set-piece attacks was fought with a single brigade, with the expectation that the brigade would be used up. A fresh brigade would then be brought up to conduct the next set-piece..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news