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


‘Plunket book’ here to stay

Media Statement 29 June 2011

‘Plunket book’ here to stay

Following Plunket’s announcement last week of plans to pilot an innovative new information system called PlunketPlus, there has been speculation around the demise of the ‘Plunket book’.

Plunket books were first produced by Plunket about 90 years ago. Since the 1980’s the books have been produced by the Ministry of Health and are now called Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health books.

Plunket has been advised that the Ministry of Health has no plans to phase out these books.

Plunket receives government funding to deliver Well Child services to 85 per cent of children. Many children are seen by other Well Child/Tamariki Ora providers. The Ministry of Health ensure that all families get the book, known to previous generations as a ‘Plunket book’.

Currently, the records of Plunket nurses are paper based. These are the records that are to become electronic, not the information which is recorded for parents to take away and keep in their Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health book. Plunket will continue to fill this book in with parents. It is a valuable resource and much treasured keepsake.

The PlunketPlus system aims to improve child health outcomes through access to in-depth, accurate and timely clinical information.

PlunketPlus will improve our frontline services by providing greater support to frontline staff. It will allow staff to capture and access information electronically in the field, freeing up their valuable time from administration and record taking and allowing them to focus even more on the children and families they are working with.

The first pilot of the system is not expected until about mid-2012. The next 12 months will be spent on further analysis, design and development of the system.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>

Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland