ACC and Plunket to reduce child injuries
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.
ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed a new, ongoing partnership between ACC and Plunket.