ACC and Plun­ket to re­duce child in­juries

Central Leader - - CONVERSATIONS - ELESHA EDMONDS

ACC has an­nounced it will in­vest $2.3 mil­lion over the next five years to help re­duce the num­ber and sever­ity of in­juries to chil­dren un­der 5.

More than 110,000 Kiwi chil­dren aged un­der 5 are in­jured each year, with falls be­ing the most com­mon in­jury.

The in­vest­ment is part of a part­ner­ship be­tween ACC and Plun­ket and aimed to de­velop in­jury pre­ven­tion ini­tia­tives for par­ents of young chil­dren.

ACC Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye says the new in­jury pre­ven­tion fo­cus will see Plun­ket nurses pro­vid­ing par­ents with sup­port and re­sources to carry out safety checks in their own homes.

‘‘It’s hard to think of any­one more trusted than New Zealand’s Plun­ket nurses and health work­ers to have con­ver­sa­tions with mums and dads about mak­ing their homes safer for their lit­tle ones,’’ Kaye says. About $80 mil­lion is paid out by ACC an­nu­ally to sup­port in­jured un­der-5s. Last year ACC recorded around 4000 burn in­juries to chil­dren un­der 5. Many of the in­juries were caused by hot drinks and ex­ces­sively hot water in baths, show­ers and sinks.

PHOTO: MARION VAN DIJK \FAIRFAX NZ

ACC Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye has wel­comed a new, on­go­ing part­ner­ship be­tween ACC and Plun­ket.

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