Labour promises 100 more Plunket and Tamariki Ora nurses for vulnerable families
The funding of 100 more Plunket and Tamariki Ora nurses will boost the help available for vulnerable parents and babies, says Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.
She announced the $10m in funding, while on the campaign trail - at an event at the Napier Plunket Community Hub.
"It's so important that our children get the best start in life. Well-Child providers like Plunket and Tamariki Ora do amazing work in our communities with new parents," she said.
"... Providers have told us they would really like to be able to offer more help to parents and babies with risk factors such as post-natal depression, family violence, teen parents, and deprivation.
"Initial visits will be able to be offered before the baby is born and will be more regular than what is currently offered," Ardern said.
The funding was estimated to provide an extra 90,000 nurse visits a year, targeted at 18,000 vulnerable families.
"These visits will allow organisations like Plunket to get alongside parents earlier to give them the skills and support they need.
"They can address issues like drug and alcohol use, ensure the baby has a safe sleeping environment and help prepare them for parenthood. They'll also be able connect a family with any other services they might need."
The $10m a year investment was part of the $8b in extra funding for health that Labour had budgeted in its Fiscal Plan.
"Increasing the number of Plunket/Tamariki Ora nurses sits alongside our policies on boosting family incomes, training more GPs, requiring all rentals to be healthy to live in, and extending Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks as an example of Labour's commitment to our children," said Ardern.