30 Oct

Kidsafe Taranaki proud to support Hapū Wānanga initiative

Ko Rangi ko Papa ka puta te ira tangata ki te whai ao ki te ao marama.- This is the newly developed approach Kidsafe Taranaki is taking to support the new Hapū Wānanga programme. 

A Taranaki DHB initiative, Hapū Wānanga is a kaupapa Māori labour, birth and parenting programme designed for young pregnant women and their families/whānau in Taranaki.  It is an interactive and fun programme which runs over two days.  

After engaging local wahine Hokipera Ruakere Papuni, who has connection to Taranaki Te Atiawa Nga Ruahinerangi and Mutunga, the concept took shape and has been delivered to over 30 participants already.  Hokipera is linking Kidsafe's key messages around child falls prevention into Te Ao Māori – in particularly how Papatuanuku is the safest place for pepi.  More wānanga are scheduled for next year. Ka mau te wehi!

Want to know more?  Check out this link about the Hapū Wānanga programme.  For information about child falls injury prevention, contact Kidsafe Taranaki

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30 Oct

Lifekeepers Training

Missed the training? Register for the ELearning workshop

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New Plymouth Injury Safe's Programme Manager Alisha Stone, is now a trained Lifekeeper!   Alisha attended the recent LIfekeepers Training here in New Plymouth, facilitated by national wellbeing organisation Le Va.

At the core of this training was the C.A.R.E model: 

  • Connect - connect with compassion
  • Ask - ask with courage
  • Respond - respond with confidence
  • Engage - engage with community supports

Other 'take home' messages from this training included:

  • Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide.  "We can all learn how to spot when someone is at risk and be ready to connect with C.A.R.E."
  • Talking responsibly about suicide can help people at risk.  For example -  'it is a myth that asking about suicide might put the idea in their head to try it.  People who have felt suicidal are often relieved to be able to talk about wha tthey are experiencing.  Talking about suicide in a responsible way and not juding others can help break down stigma, and support suicidal peple to open up and seek help"
  • Responding to risk factors and enhancing protective factors helps prevent suicide.  Protective factors are characteristics or events that keep us well and and reduce the likelihood of suicide.  These include responsible media reporting, access to appropriate healthcare and education, community and social connectedness, support and connection with friends and whanau, a safe living environment, a sense of cultural identity and/or spirituality, problem solving skills and a sense of meaning and purpose in life.  Most risk factors are in essence, the opposite of these protective factors.    The Lifekeepers training also examines the warning signs as well as understanding risk,  alongside the tools on how to intervene with courage using the concepts of the C.A.R.E model detailed above.

Missed out on the training?  Register to become a Lifekeeper and you can complete the same training online as an ELearning workshop.  For details, click here 

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30 Oct

1 in 3 Kiwis are hazardous drinkers

Recent research, by Massey University's school of health sciences and the University of Auckland's centre for addiction research, found that binge drinking wasn't something people grew out of with age.

Key points of interest included:

  • A third of all Kiwis are drinking to hazardous levels their entire lives.  Drinking habits people formed in their 20s continued into their 60s and 70s, increasing the risk of worsening health and death, the research showed.    "The idea that younger drinkers will eventually 'mature' out of risky drinking when they get older is wrong," research co-leader Dr Andy Towers said
  • The researchers also found that boys were much more likely to have started drinking earlier than girls, usually between 14 and 18 years of age, and those who started drinking earlier in life were much more likely to be from wealthier homes and to have parents who smoked.
  • ""These findings have implications for Kiwis of all ages. We need to be brave enough to start talking to our family and friends about their drinking, what it might be doing to their health and the health of their children, and whether we can do something about it" says Towers.

Read the full article here

Want to collaborate with others on reducing alcohol related harm?

The Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group meet regularly and would love to hear from you.  For more information, click here 

 


30 Oct

New motorcycling initiatives

Two excellent initiatives for motorcyclists have recently been released, so make sure you get involved or share them with someone you know who loves motorcycling.

 

Ride Forever training coming to New Plymouth in November - book today!

Roadsafe Motorcyle Riding Tecniques will be delivering the Ride Forever Bronze, Silver and Gold courses in New Plymouth on the weekends of the 17th & 18th of November and the 8th & 9th of December. Training starts from as little as $20 for the Bronze and $50 for the Silver and Gold courses. Enrol today and prepare yourself for lots of summer riding.

For more information, click here

 

World-first ratings system for motorcycle clothing launched

ACC have recently launched a world-first rating system for motorcycle clothing known as MotoCAP.  “The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Programme (MotoCAP) is the first of its kind, and will give the motorcycle community more information when they are making choices about the clothing they wear when riding,” says Motorcycle Programme Manager, David Keilty.  

MotoCAP will give clothing two separate star ratings – one for protection and one for comfort.  “Motorcycle and scooter riders have very little protection other than their helmet and their clothing when involved in a crash,” advises Keilty, who steers the Ride Forever programme, an ACC initiative aimed at reducing motorcycle crashes and injuries.     According to Mr Keilty, the development of MotoCAP means riders will now have more information about their choice of protective gear, including being able to balance the sometimes conflicting needs of personal protection and comfort.  Last year in New Zealand 45 motorcyclists lost their life on the road and 7,372 motorcyclists received treatment and support from ACC. The total cost of motorcycle-related claims was more than $94 million.

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25 Sep

New Netsafe Resources

www.netsafe.org.nz

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If you haven't checked out the Netsafe website lately, it's worth taking a look!  It is packed full of user-friendly rexources and tips for everyone.

Some of my favourites just introduced on their website include:

* A text service for young people - text "Netsafe" to 4282

* An online resource centre - which has downloadable resources for students and parents.  A variety of useful tips are here; including gaming onine safely and online bullying advice

* Managing time online - info for young people

* Online tips for older Kiwis

It's a fantastic website, so take a browse and see what they have to offer.

 

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25 Sep

Hazardous drinking prevalent in older New Zealanders

The hazardous drinking of alcohol is something most of us usually associate with young people.  New research is showing something quite different; and its related to older New Zealanders.  The team from Massey Universtiy and the University of Auckland recently surveyed more than 4000 Kiwis aged 50 and over.  The study found that 83 per cent of older New Zealanders in this sample were current drinkers, and between 35 to 40 per cent were considered ‘hazardous drinkers’.  Approximately half of males surveyed over 50 were hazardous drinkers, compared to about a quarter of females surveyed.

Massey University's article highlighted an interesting point: Research Leader Dr Towers says that in addition to providing insights for health professionals to enhance screening practice, these results also reveal a lot about the New Zealand drinking culture. “The laws that allow young adults to drink so much today were put in place by their parents and grandparents who our research shows are drinking just as hazardously. Our findings strongly suggest that risky drinking is not a ‘youth culture’ issue as it’s often made out to be; risky drinking is a ‘New Zealand culture’ issue.”

Check out the info about this study here:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/367051/drink-is-the-drug-of-choice-for-baby-boomers

http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=2757E06D-D120-49F6-89F9-6BE2DAE0C50E

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Source: Massey Universityhttp://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=2757E06D-D120-49F6-89F9-6BE2DAE0C50E 


25 Sep

Local free events to promote mental wellbeing

New Plymouth and Stratford - check them out!

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25 Sep

Staying strong to prevent a fall

Are you aged over 65?  By now, you should heard about the 'Live Stronger for Longer' movement, which encourages people to help prevent serious fall injuries by taking part in an approved Community Strength and Balance class.

ACC Minister Hon. Iain Lees-Galloway recently swapped his suit for shorts and a tee to join a ‘Live Stronger for Longer’ strength and balance class. These classes help us as we age to retain lower body and core strength to avoid falls, remaining active and live confidently!

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Find a class near you at https://www.livestronger.org.nz/home/find-class/find-a-class-near-you/

 

 

 

 

 


30 Aug

Is your home a safety zone?

NPiS attended Safekids Aotearoa's 'Make your Home a Safety Zone' workshop in New Plymouth in August, alongside representatives from Kidsafe Taranaki Trust, local Tamariki Ora providers and community workers.

Some of the main facts for Taranaki included:

* For the period 2008-2012, 944 kids were hospitalised for an injury.  98% of these were unintentional.  

* The most common cause of injury for all child age groups in Taranaki were falls. 

* The highest place of injury is in the home environment (34%)

* 0-4 years old kids are most at risk (83%).  There are unique risks for each age and stage of child development.

A variety of important issues covered included falls, burns, and play areas such as driveways. 

Those who attended also got to see this scary phenomenon.  Look what damage a button battery did to a piece of bacon in only 2 hours!  Check out this link for mor info on button battery safety.

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 Those present at the workshop explored several strategies for easy ways to make the home environment safer for our children.   This resource from Safekids Aotearoa summarises some of the ideas and can be easily downloaded for use.

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Check out the Safekids Aotearoa website for plenty of free resources and information on how you can make our homes safety zones! 

 


30 Aug

Agricultural Safety Challenge

3 August 2018

NPiS and Rural Support Trust Taranaki were proud to support this fantastic event again this year by running an activity on mental wellbeing.

There was awesome effort and enthusiasm from all students involved in a variety of interactive as well as practical agricultural activities, which included mental wellbeing, fire safety, firearms safety, livestock handling, quad bike and tractor safety.

The purpose of the event is to promote safe farm practice, and has also been an ideal opportunity to promote messages of mental wellbeing and discuss the unique stressors of a rural environment.    The Taranaki Agricultural Team Challenge is a one-day competitive event focusing on farm safety knowledge and skills and open to teams of high school students in forms 5 to 7.  It is proudly organised by a collaborative involving ACC, NPiS, Taratahi (Agricultural ITO), Taranaki High Schools, Police, Fire Service, Rural Support Trust Taranaki and Land Based Training.

Well done to this year's winners - New Plymouth Boy's HIgh School!

Check out the NPiS Facebook page for more pics of this year's successful event.

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30 Aug

Who should pay for all the harm from alcohol?

Conference hosted by Alcohol Action NZ & share & Whariki Research Centre

In August, representatives from NPiS attended this workshop in Wellington.

One of the many take home messages for me was:

* Alcohol-related harm costs NZ 7.85 billion EVERY YEAR

Compare this cost to:

* Crime costs NZ 1.1 billion a year

* Total cost of Treaty of Waitangi settlements over 20 years - 2.2 billion

* Absenteeism costs NZ 1.7 billion a year

Annette Beutrais, a national advocate for suicide prevention, highlighted the link between alcohol and suicide.  After depression, alcohol is the second most common risk factor for suicidal behaviour.  She also advocated for measures to curb our harmful alcohol use, including an increase in excise tax.  

Check out this article which also includes an interesting Police perspective, such as the daily challenges caused by Police resourcing being used up by the flow-on effects of people's alcohol misuse.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/364192/higher-alcohol-tax-needed-to-reduce-harm-economist 

Who is paying for all the harm from alcohol?

Want to be involved in alcohol harm reduction initiatives?  Contact [email protected]  to be put on the mailing list for the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group.

 

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30 Aug

Paint the town yellow

10 September 2018

Splashing yellow throughout Taranaki to celebrate life!

On Monday September 10, organisations, businesses, schools and individuals are encouraged to wear yellow or buy a yellow ribbon, with proceeds going to the Taranaki Retreat. 

See the media release link below for more information and contact Sue Martin at Tui Ora Ltd if you would like some ribbons for your own event! 

http://www.tuiora.co.nz/News/Detail/Paint-the-town-yellow-–-World-Suicide-Prevention-Day,-10-September-2018/191

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26 Jul

Winter fire safety

Tips from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Winter is well and truly here, so we all have our heaters cranking by now! 

Recently there has been some media coverage around cases of people not using heaters and electric blankets correctly. 

We all need to keep warm, so Fire and Emergency NZ have some useful winter safety tips to share with your whanau:

  • Remember the heater-metre rule – always keep furniture, curtains, clothes and children at least 1 metre away from heaters and fireplaces.
  • Never cover heating appliances or store objects on top of them.
  • If you use an electric blanket, make sure it is always flat on the bed and that controls or cords are not twisted or caught between the mattress and the base of the bed. Twisted cords are a common cause of electric blanket fires.
  • Check main heating sources such as fireplaces, chimneys and LPG gas heaters to ensure they are in good condition and don’t have signs of damage and wear.

 Check out https://fireandemergency.nz/at-home/winter-fire-safety/ for more information, as well as their Facebook page which has some fun and useful videos you can easily share.

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26 Jul

New study shows regional hospitalisations and deaths due to alcohol

No region left unscathed

This recent Newshub article includes maps of NZ which show numbers of deaths and hospitalisations directly due to alcohol in each DHB region. 

No region has been left unscathed - including Taranaki, which showed 3 deaths and 116 hospitalisations due to alcohol during the 2016-17 financial year.

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What is more sobering is that whilst this adds up to 180 people dying in this period due to alcohol abuse, the actual figure is much higher.  The Ministry of Health only counts where someone has died and alcohol was put on their death certificate – so this does not count the vast amount of harm from alcohol which causes injuries so severe that it requires hospital treatment.

The lack of strong national alcohol policy has been blamed by several organisations for these statistics, due to the Government not implementing the majority of the measures recommended by the Law Commission in 2012.  As Alcohol Healthwatch states, these recommendations included evidence based measures such as increasing alcohol prices, reducing availability and restricting alcohol advertising and sponsorship.

Check out the full article here; https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/revealed-new-zealand-regions-with-the-most-alcohol-deaths.html

NPiS will continue to advocate at a policy level whenever the opportunity arises, and will also be community based projects at a local level, through the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction group. For further information, contact [email protected]

 

 

 


26 Jul

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

Have you attended a class yet?

In previous NPiS updates, we have highlighted the fabulous Community Strength and Balance programme we have in Taranaki, which aims to prevent falls and related injuries for over 65s.  Here is an update from the programme’s coordinator, Hilary Blackstock.

We currently have 28 Approved Strength & Balance classes across Taranaki available to the public. We have been looking to grow the number of leaders in South, Central and Coastal Taranaki in the future as well as the types of classes.

If you are interested in finding about more about becoming a leader (all training is provided), or would like to find out about classes near you get in touch with me at Sport Taranaki.

All the current Approved leaders are coming together this Friday to upskill, collaborate and get to know each other.  We will be learning from each other and planning for the year ahead.

For a list of current classes near you, go to https://www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/health/strength-and-balance/

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20 Jul

Lifekeepers Training

Register Today!

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28 Jun

Kidsafe Taranaki Trust welcomes Ngāti Ruanui Healthcare as a Tamariki Falls project partner

Falls is the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for children aged under five years in Taranaki.  Kidsafe Taranaki’s Tamariki Falls is a Māori specific  project which aims to prevent falls in the home to pre-school tamariki, through one-on-one sessions with parents, caregivers and whānau.

Kidsafe Taranaki is proud to announce that Ngāti Ruanui Healthcare will be delivering the Tamariki Falls project through their Tamariki Ora visits with South Taranaki whānau.    Tamariki Ora Nurses Joanne Larsen and Liza Mundt will be discussing with whānau age-specific falls risks for tamariki and effective ways of keeping children safe from falls in the home.    Practical tips will be shared with parents and caregivers, which include how to make easy changes to the home to improve safety and supervision.

For more information about the Tamariki Falls programme, please contact Jo Larsen or send a message to the Kidsafe Taranaki Trust via their Facebook page.

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28 Jun

Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group

Get involved!

Preventing alcohol-related harm is a key priority for New Plymouth Injury Safe (NPiS) due to it being a major contributor of injuries. NPiS has rejuvenated the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group and are exploring, with other stakeholders how to best support gathering of local alcohol-related data to help to decide the best focus of local initiatives.

One such potential area is the attitudes of parents/caregivers towards the supply of alcohol to young people.   Another is considering what could be done at a policy level.   A priority will be to make sure a balanced approach is taken basing the choice on evidence and what is proven to be the most effective for chosen projects.

We would like to hear from anyone who has an interest in the prevention of alcohol related-harm, and warmly invite them to contact us to be put on the email list for future correspondence and meeting invitations.  Please contact [email protected]


28 Jun

Child car seat checkpoints highlight need for safe installation advice

Kidsafe Taranaki has launched a series of regular car seat clinics this month.  Planned to run for the foreseeable future, the clinics will be held in 5 different locations around Taranaki.  These free car seat clinics are a great opportunity for people to come and get their child car seats checked and/or installed so they can be confident they’re as safe as possible.

Prior to launching the new initiative, Kidsafe Taranaki teamed up with the Police to run some car seat checkpoints to identify what sort of issues people are experiencing with their seats.  .  In total, 186 car seats were checked at three separate locations. 

The overall findings from these checkpoints included:

  • 51% of car seats checked were legal and safe
  • 20% of car seats checked were illegal
  • 38% were legal but the seat’s safety was compromised (needed adjustments made to make them safer)

 Main causes of non-compliance included:

  • Forward facing car seats not tethered (45%)
  • Children in seat belts only who should still be in booster seats or too big for forward facing and should be in booster (45%)

 See below for some more details of the results.

 So it appears that we still have a way to go in ensuring that our children are safe when travelling in vehicles.  The car seat clinics have been well attended and will occur on an ongoing basis. Click here for a copy of the flier which has details of regular dates and locations.

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Two of the many families who got their car seats checked by technicians at recent Kidsafe Taranaki car seat clinics

 

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26 Jun

Make Your Home A Safety Zone

Free Safekids Aotearoa Workshop in New Plymouth

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31 May

Global drug survey shows Kiwis ignorant about the harmful effects of alcohol

The need for warning labels to be placed on all alcohol products is long overdue. 

 

Over 3200 Kiwis took part in the 2018 Global Drug Survey, where people were presented with seven different health warnings about alcohol.  Some of the surprising findings included:

  • 62.5% of women under 25 did not know drinking less reduced the risk of seven different types of cancer and almost half were unaware that even people with heavy alcohol use can significantly reduce their risk of harm by having two alcohol free days per week
  • 40 percent of people said they were unaware alcohol offered little or no health benefits
  • 1 in 3 people did not believe alcohol causes cancer
  • Despite the fact that half of New Zealand’s violent crimes are related to alcohol, 45.3% of people said the warning about violence was “totally irrelevant”
  • Nearly one third of New Zealand drinkers who were classified as very high risk still thought their drinking was average or less than average
  • 1 in 3 women under 25 would think about drinking less due to calories, and 1 in 4 would consider drinking less after learning about the risk of cancer from warning labels was “huge”

 

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The above list of health warnings on alcohol labels isn’t an exhaustive list when you also consider the link between alcohol consumption and increased risk of injury. 

It appears New Zealanders still have a long way to go in accepting what’s at risk when drinking too much alcohol - and how much is too much.   Health warning labels on alcohol products need to be a part of a whole package of interventions to raise the consciousness of New Zealanders of our harmful drinking culture.

Check out the recent article Warning labels on alcohol could change New Zealand’s ‘ignorance’  which also includes a video of members of the public being interviewed about health warnings on alcohol labels. 

 

 


30 May

Apprentice Safety Challenge 2018

This year was the tenth anniversary of the annual Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge event.  Organised by the Taranaki Construction Safety Group, this competition tests the safety knowledge and skills of trade apprentices from local trades and construction industries. 

The competition consists of a range of practical challenges focusing on safety topics such as first aid, fire safety, working at heights, physical fitness, violence prevention, road safety, and manual handling.   The activities are run by local safety groups and construction companies. This year, NPiS and the Taranaki Rural Support Trust ran an activity on mental health and wellbeing.   

The winners of this year’s event were A Team Anzco and Armatec, followed by TCM and Clem Electrical in second place.  The third place winners were Fonterra Mechanical.   The winners received the Master Builders Apprentice Safety Trophy, presented by New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom and Methanex CEO Brian Ropotini.

The success of this event, first held in 2009, led to the Challenge becoming an annual event. It has drawn comment from a number of outside agencies and was awarded the 3M Safety Award in 2010.  

Alison Pitman of Be Safe Taranaki was one of the people instrumental in developing the Apprentice Safety Challenge concept and getting it off the ground.   A partner of the NPiS Trust, BeSafe Taranaki supports and promotes health and safety training and initiatives in Taranaki.  Alison has now stepped down from the planning group and the NPiS Trust to pursue new challenges.  NPiS would like to express their gratitude to Alison for the commitment, innovation and expertise she has brought to health and safety over many years.

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25 May

Have your say with the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

This inquiry is a once in a generation opporunity for change.  The panel are undertaking a comprehensive process to ensure as many voices are heard.  Make sure you have your say!

Written submissions close 5pm on 5th June - check out the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction website for information on how to submit.

Forum - The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry Panel is coming to New Plymouth.  This has been arranged to enable Taranaki people the opportunity to meet, listen and talk with panel members.   The forum will be held on Friday 22 June and will be held at: Peace Hall, Taranaki Cathedral – Church of St Mary commencing at 1.45pm.  Please RSVP to Jenny McLennan (Taranaki DHB) at 06 753-7781 or email [email protected] 

 


4 May

Free Taranaki Car Seat Clinics

Commencing June 2018

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26 Apr

Should alcohol sponsorship be banned from sport?

How do you feel about alcohol sponsorship of sport?  Is it something sports clubs truly can't exist wthout, or is it a health hazard we could all do without?

TV3 Newshub claim in their recent article:

* "Experts are calling for alcohol advertising to be banned from sports, but the liquor industry is pushing back, claiming it plays a vital role in supporting sport at every level

* All of New Zealand's main professional sporting teams, except for the Breakers, have alcohol sponsors or partners".

Check out the recent informative article video from Newshub - which looks extensively at both sides of the issue around alcohol sponsorship of sport.

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2018/04/shoudl-alcohol-advertising-be-banned-from-sport.html

 

 

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26 Apr

Taranaki's April 'Live Stronger for Longer' Expos

The ‘Taranaki Live Stronger for Longer Expo’ held throughout Taranaki in April was a great success. The aim of the expo was to educate the Taranaki community about falls prevention, and what is available locally to help those over 65 reduce their chance of falling.  It was a wonderful opportunity to connect health professionals with those in our communities who were interested in strength and balance for themselves or their whanau. 

The Expo was a collaboration between Sport Taranaki Community Strength and Balance and Pinnacle In Home Strength and Balance, and visited New Plymouth, Waitara and Stratford. We were joined by physio students who ran through some useful strength and balance competency checks on over 65 and offered tips to try at home to help with improvements.

Those who attended were able to talk to professionals about other aspects that affect balance including eyesight and hearing. Other local wellbeing advocates also attended the expo, including St Johns who offered advice on how to get off the floor safely after a fall.  Age Concern also shared information on the activities they have available, Geneva and Health Promotion had lots of useful information available too.

In all venues some of our Approved Community Class leaders for Strength and Balance ran snippets of their classes for 20 minutes. This let participants experience movement to music, Tai Chi, Strength & Balance circuits, SAYGo and Zumba Gold.

For more information on the project and what’s available locally visit www.livestronger.org.nz.  You can also contact your local GP or Sport Taranaki.  Live Stronger for Longer is a project in collaboration with ACC, Ministry of Health and the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand.

 

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26 Apr

Conversations about Suicide Resource

Ngā whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro mō te whakamomori

A popular Taranaki resource designed to support suicide prevention has recently been updated to capture new information from the Ministry of Health – and is readily available to those who need it.

 ‘Conversations about Suicide’ is a locally developed guide designed to support individuals, whānau and services hold conversations about suicide and with individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts so they can get the right help.

The guide is available in English or Te Reo Māori and contains a section outlining common myths and facts associated with suicide in an effort to break down the stigma often associated. Finally, there is a list of help lines that may be able to assist during this distressing period.

The resource is readily accessible on the Tui Ora and NPiS websites, and has been available in hard copy or pdf for over 12 months, during this time over 5000 copies have been distributed throughout the region.   Additional printed copies of the resource will be distributed widely as soon as they are available; please get in touch with Sue Martin at Tui Ora if you are interested in receiving some.

The guide, originally developed in 2016 was a collaborative effort involving Suicide Prevention Taranaki and Homegrown – Rangatahi Suicide Prevention.  These collectives appreciate the support from NPiS thus far to fund the printing.

For further information about Conversation Guide and the Suicide Prevention Taranaki collaborative, please contact Sue Martin at Tui Ora, or check out their website.

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24 Apr

Be Seen Campaign

Improving the visibility of cyclists and pedestrians

As the days become shorter, we begin to notice that early mornings and after school or work can be a bit grey and gloomy. This is when the Be Seen campaign kicks in to encourage pedestrians, cyclists, joggers etc to make sure they are seen by other road users. Be Seen is part of the wider What are you Missing? campaign, which aims to encourage all road users to share the road environment, and keep themselves and other road users safe. 

Wearing bright or high visibility clothing, reflective clothing or accessories, bag covers, and using lights when riding are ways that we can make it easier for others to see us when we are out at dawn and dusk. 

To promote this message, campaign partners from New Plymouth District Council, The New Zealand Police, Roadside Taranaki, Shell Taranaki Ltd and New Plymouth injury Safe have been working together to hold checkpoints at various sites at dawn and dusk. 

Those seen already making themselves ‘Be Seen’ have been rewarded with a ‘treat’, while others have been offered reflective armbands, backpack covers and bike lights to ensure they are visible, and therefore safer while out and about.

For further information, please email [email protected] or go www.letsgo.org.nz  

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Staff from NPDC, Police, Shell Taranaki and NPiS at a recent checkpoint helping Coastal Walkway users to be more visible at dusk.

 

 


29 Mar

Watch this space....

Car seat advice is soon on its way!

We all know that we are legally required to use child restraints (carseats and booster seats).  Unfortunately, car seats are not always that straightforward to install and people often need advice on their correct use.    Kidsafe Taranaki (a coalition focused on reducing unintentional injury to children) has identified the need to provide a car seat installation and advice service to the Taranaki community.    

New Plymouth Injury Safe is an active partner of the Kidsafe Taranaki Trust and has now taken the lead in exploring the establishment of free ‘car seat clinics’ at regular times throughout Taranaki.   Watch this space - more information to come soon!

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28 Mar

Angelic festival guardians keep young and old safe

Kaitiaki Angels, a Manaaki Lounge and korero with kaumātua made up the Tui Ora presence at Womad 2018, in New Plymouth from Friday March 16-18.

This year the organisation boasted a highly visible profile with more than 20 staff volunteering time in different ways across the three-day festival.  Much of this was made possible through sponsorship from the Health Promotion Agency (HPA).

A group called the Kaitiaki Angels were responsible for looking after rangatahi to help them stay safe.  Visible in Tui Ora t-shirts and black wings, they wandered through the crowds of youngsters as the evening wore on, handing out vouchers for the teens to receive free Pita Pit’s and encouraging them to make good choice around looking after themselves and each other. 

These Tui Ora staff – some who are youth workers in their day jobs - also offered an additional evening space for the rangatahi to sit and have time out in the marquee/Manaaki Lounge.

During the day, this was a cultural and organisational space with information about Tui Ora services, fun activities and time put aside to korero with a kaumātua or kuia.

Another aspect to the Kaitiaki Angel role was working alongside St John’s to staff a recovery tent, adjacent to the main first aid station.

Here the angels kept an eye on festivalgoers, using basic first aid to care for people and to aid the communication with friends and family.

In this capacity, some angels handed out $25 vouchers to acknowledge those people who had supported their friends and help mitigate some of the risk-taking.  After Womad, the harm reduction message continued with a campaign on the Tui Ora public health Facebook page. 

Using this social media channel, the organisation sought feedback from teens and adults in their early 20s about how to look after their mates on a night out.  More than 1200 people were reached this way, ensuring the mahi or work continued even after the music and festivities of Womad had died down.

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28 Mar

Online Safety

Useful information from Netsafe

It’s hard to communicate these days without having to turn to a computer or smartphone.  The world of the internet, online communication and social media is everywhere.  How do we teach our children to be tech-savvy and keep up with the skills they will need to navigate online environments, will minimising challenges, risks and exposure to the pitfalls of online communication?

Netsafe’s Top 10 Tips for Parents is a fantastic guide which covers a lot of these concerns, ranging from setting expectations and safely teaching them the basics. 

Netsafe were recently in New Plymouth holding workshops on digital safety with a focus on safety and citizenship online, and the Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015) , hosted by the Taranaki Safe Families Trust. Some key messages from Netsafe included:

  • Technologies are a big part of the everyday lives of young people, so digital citizenship and online safety learning should be too.
  • Netsafe defines a digital citizen as someone who ‘confidently engages with and participates in online opportunities safety, respectfully and meaningfully’.  Digital citizenship is about the behaviour, not just the technology.  This is the behaviour we want from everyone, whether they are online of offline.
  • Young people will come across online challenges and there will be times when they make mistakes.  It’s important to have procedures in place to deal with issues when they arise.  Netsafe has created several user-friendly resources to help parents, whanau and educators with this.
  • New Zealand’s Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015) defines under its ten principles, what online communications should not do. Netsafe are the agency responsible for supporting New Zealanders if harm or concerns arise from online communications and incidents, and encourage young and old to make contact for advice and support.
  • Schools, whanau, family and young people themselves are all partners in developing the values, skills and knowledge needed to be a digital citizen. So it’s important that everyone talks openly about online safety.

Netsafe has a wealth of information on their website - for parents, young people and educators, as well as covering issues such as screen time, staying safe online, online bullying and scams.   Check out their comprehensive website at https://www.netsafe.org.nz/

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28 Mar

Live Stronger for Longer: Preventing Falls and Fractures

Taranaki EXPO 10-13 April 2018

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28 Feb

Harmful Digital Communications Workshops

28th March 2018

Taranaki Safe Families Trust is hosting two Netsafe workshops on the 28th of March 2018.   

Click below for more information or visit http://www.taranakisafefamilies.org.nz/page/events/5/ 

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27 Feb

Department of Lost Nights

New messaging to combat alcohol related har

It all goes a bit sideways. Well, diagonally-downwards. Sit here Mark Jones. ‘Mannequin-you’ will see out the night.

 

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‘Department of Lost Nights’

Health Promotion Agency’s newest phase towards reducing alcohol related harm

 

As of 13 February, there had been over 360,000 views of the full video across thelostnight.com, YouTube and Facebook

Have you watched it yet?  

Here’s the lowdown about this new and unique form of messaging from the Health Promotion Agency:

FOMO or fear of missing out, lies at the core of Department of Lost Nights. The story is based on our main character who feels like he’s missed out. While on a night out with his friends who choose to ease up, he has too much to drink and gets a visit from The Department of Lost Nights – a group of workmen who come into his head and repossess his memories. In the morning he wakes up with a hangover and a sense of loss.

 

What’s the purpose of the new phase?

The campaign aims to re-energise the messaging used in the 2013 “No more beersies for you” advertisement – to provide people with a language they could use to say ‘no’ to alcohol.

 

Key messages

  • When you drink too much, you risk missing out on the good times.
  • ‘Yeah Nah’ is a great way to say you don’t want another drink.
  • Say ‘Yeah, Nah’ and ease up on the drink.

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Who is the audience?

The target audience is 18 to 24 year olds, as they drink more frequently and at riskier levels than other age groups. The elements developed for this initiative, including advertising content and media placement, are all targeted to this age group. The elements are designed to be easily shared on social media and generate ‘talkability’ amongst the target audience. Media focuses on digital environments and will reach young people across New Zealand. If you don’t see a lot of the advertising you may not be in the target audience.   Advertising will run across a variety of channels until 30 June 2018 including television, online video and social media. 

 A suite of resources is available in a digital toolkit for you to use to promote key messages. Resources include: posters; info sheets; useful website links; video content and posts for sharing. They are provided to support Say Yeah, Nah campaign messaging in your local community. The advertising has been designed to be used for up to three years. Over time, further content will be added.  Go to the digital toolkit for resources

 

Check out this great new campaign and be sure to share the You Tube clip amongst your networks.

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23 Feb

Your best defence against falls

Taranaki Falls Prevention Service

NPiS supported the recently held New Plymouth’s Positive Ageing ‘Live Stronger for Longer’ forum, which was well attended. Dr Nadja Gottfert (GP Liaison - Pinnacle) and Hilary Blackstock (Community Strength and Balance Coordinator -  Sport Taranaki) presented on how to avoid falls and what falls prevention services are available in the Taranaki community. 

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HIlary has also been busy accrediting a number of ‘Community Strength and Balance’ classes, which are available throughout Taranaki.    Not only are these classes safe and fun, but they are designed to improve balance and strengthen muscles, hence reduce your risk of falling. 

Please click here to see the list of classes currently available.  New classes are being added to the list all the time, so make sure you check back from time to time.   Give a class a go today!

http://www.livestronger.org.nz/home/stay-stronger-for-longer/find-a-class-near-you/

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22 Feb

Kaupapa Māori Injury Prevention and Community Safety Hui

14 March 2018

 

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Tena koutou e te Iwi - Naumai Haere mai

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.

 

New Plymouth Injury Safe (NPiS) are keen to support our community’s kaupapa Māori injury prevention and safety projects.

Are you concerned about kaupapa Māori injury prevention and community safety?

 We invite you to a hui to discuss:

* what issues are important to Māori within the communities you work in

* how we can support each other in our mahi

 

Wednesday, 14th March 2018, 10am

New Plymouth District Council Chambers

 Morning tea supplied

Please RSVP to Alisha Stone, Programme Manager New Plymouth Injury Safe [email protected]

 

Rawinia Leatherby (NPiS Trust member)

(Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Nga Ruahine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


31 Jan

Live Stronger for Longer Forum

17 February 2018

As profiled last month, every year one in three people aged 65 and over injure themselves in a fall.  This rises to one in two once you reach 80.    Local key agencies including Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, ACC, Sport Taranaki and the Taranaki DHB have partnered to develop a comprehensive falls prevention service.  This includes free falls risk assessments at local GPs, and further support involves support from home with a falls prevention therapist or by attending any one of the numerous ACC accredited community based classes.  For further information please click here..

New Plymouth’s Positive Ageing Forum is hosting a ‘Live Stronger for Longer Expo’, where the public is invited to attend to find out more about how to avoid falls and what falls prevention services are available in the community.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Venue – New Plymouth District Council Chambers

Date – Saturday 17th February

Time – 10am -12pm


31 Jan

Emergency Services Day

27 January 2018

Did you know that the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter has already been on 11 rescue missions so far this year?   The helicopter luckily wasn’t required during the recently held Emergency Services event, which attracted hundreds of families keen to check the helicopter out as well as other activities on offer.  There were a number of emergency services at the event with interactive displays and activities, including Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, St John, Civil Defence and Roadsafe Taranaki, to name a few. 

New Plymouth Injury Safe was also there, supporting Kidsafe Taranaki who were promoting child safety in driveways.  The issue of children being hurt in driveways by reversing cars is a big one for New Zealand, so participants were encouraged to sit in the car and look in the rear vision mirror for children.  People were shocked and surprised to see how far back the life size models had to be, and that it is even worse when children are sitting down.  The key message was therefore to keep children away from driveways when there are cars about. 

The Emergency Services open day event further reinforced the number of amazing hard working people we have in our community who are passionate about saving lives and enhancing safety in our community.  Check out the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust facebook page for more information and future events.

 

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31 Jan

Two icons of motorcycling. One night in New Plymouth

Brittany Morrow and Kevin Williams tell their stories

If motorcycling is your thing, this is your event!

Two fascinating speakers from across the globe discuss our shared passion from their individual perspectives:

  • ‘The Queen of Road Rash’ from the USA, Brittany Morrow, talks eloquently and movingly about the crash that changed her life, her injuries and the drive it has given her to get others to protect themselves properly when riding.
  • Kevin Williams of the UK’s Survival Skills on his first professional visit to NZ provides incredible insights into the science of 'being seen’, the psychology of riding and the mental processes that are the foundation of riding skills.

Short talks from each of the speakers are followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Venue: Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Cnr Courtenay & Leach Streets, New Plymouth  

Date: Thursday 15 February

Time:  6.00PM (light refreshments provided from 6PM with speakers from 6.30PM)

Attendance is free.

No patches please. 

Check out the facebook event  for more information.

 

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30 Jan

Drought season hits Taranaki

What can you do to help?

What a summer we are having - these seemingly endless days of sunshine and heat have amounted to the driest season since 1978.  Taranaki has now been officially classified as in a drought, which is posing significant challenges for our rural community. 

Significant help is at hand.  Rural Support Taranaki (RST) is determined to provide a simple and easy process for farming families experiencing a drop of income due to this drought – the impacts of which will be felt through to September.    

RST have been holding Drought Decision Making workshops through the region to tackle the season’s challenges together.   Brad Markham’s article profiles these recent workshops, as well as capturing the perspectives of local farmers and other experts during this drought season.

RST are providing significant support to rural families throughout Taranaki, and want to hear from anyone who may be finding it tough both financially and psychologically.  Please contact Rural Support Taranaki on 0800 787 254. 

In addition, Rural Facilitators are being trained so they can provide support with the Ministry of Social Development’s ‘Rural Assistance Payment’ (RAP) application process. The process and criteria varies depending on the situation and RST want to ensure is fully understood - for example:

  • Farm owners who do not have any easily realisable assets may apply prior to selling of capital items to keep the farm ticking over.
  • Share milkers with no capital or access to funds may qualify for 'essential living needs' grants, money that will provide food on the table and other family needs.
  • Farm employees can apply for the 'job-seeker' benefit without a stand-down period - and while the farm owner may want to retain these workers they must still be available for other work should it arise.  

 Please contact Rural Support Taranaki for more information.

What can we all do to support farming families during this challenging time?   Touch base with someone you know that lives or works on a farm.  As Mischa Clouston says in her article about nurturing rural farming families and communities ‘think about someone who can benefit from your time or support.  An elderly neighbour, an injured friend or a struggling husband. Take time to chat and to listen. Ask if they are ok and just make their day a little brighter by being in it’

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26 Jan

Current Accredited Taranaki Community Strength and Balance Classes

Your best defence against falls

In last month’s NPiS update we profiled Hilary Blackstock, Taranaki’s Community Strength and Balance Coordinator based at Sport Taranaki.   She has been busy accrediting a number of ‘Community Strength and Balance’ classes, which are available throughout Taranaki.    Not only are these classes safe and fun, but they are designed to improve balance and strengthen muscles, hence reduce your risk of falling. 

 
Please click here to see the list of classes currently available.  New classes are being added to the list all the time, so make sure you check back from time to time.   Give a class a go today!
 

 

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18 Jan

Managing Alcohol in clubs

New resources from the Health Promotion Agency

                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                     

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Managing Alcohol in clubs

 

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The Alcohol Game Plans for club committees and for bar staff are available now 

The Alcohol Game Plan for club committees provides guidance on:

  • the law and licensing requirements
  • who can purchase and consume alcohol at the club
  • developing an AMP
  • developing a Host Responsibility policy. 

 The Alcohol Game Plan for bar staff provides guidance on:

  • the law and licensing requirements
  • who can purchase and consume alcohol at the club good Host Responsibility. 

 and much more……

 

The Game Plans are not available in hard copy but may be downloaded here:

Alcohol Game Plan for club committees

Alcohol Game Plan for bar staff

or go to alcohol.org.nz.  

 

For further information contact [email protected]

 


12 Jan

Drought Decision Making Workshops

Coming to Coastal Taranaki

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22 Dec

NPiS Update December 2017

Check out our last update for 2017 by clicking here.

Have a safe and happy Christmas :-)

 

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21 Dec

Don't let injuries or a flaming tree take the shine off Christmas

Hot off the press - Great Christmas safety tips, courtesy of Matt Crabtree (Fire and Emergency NZ) and Alisha Stone (NPiS). 

Check out todays' media story here

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21 Dec

More than one in five elderly New Zealanders are lonely

A recent report released by the University of Otago has captured the extent of loneliness of our older New Zealanders.  This world class study of over 72,000 New Zealanders has shown that at least 21% of older people are lonely, particularly those who are frail.   In addition, the proportions of those who experience loneliness varies by ethnicity.  Loneliness has significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of people, including depression, anxiety and other physical health conditions.    Please click here to read more about this ground breaking report.
 
Loneliness is something that we can all easily consider and do something about.   With the festive season approaching, it is even more of a good reason to informally touch base with the older members of our community or even those living on our street - who could you reach out to connect with?
 
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20 Dec

Help your family be safer these holidays

Source: It's Not Ok Campaign

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Please share on your networks - image can be found here

 

 


19 Dec

Reducing falls in over 65s

Taranaki Community Strength and Balance Programme

Every year, one in three people aged 65 and over injure themselves in a fall.  This rises to one in two once you reach 80.  The good news is falls aren’t a natural part of the ageing process so can be prevented if you know the risks.  Doing exercises that strengthen your leg and core muscles and improve balance will reduce your risk of falling.    It’s that simple.  For more information, check out the 'Live Stronger for Longer' website.
Community strength and balance classes are available throughout Taranaki, and are required to meet a set of clinical criteria.   Below is some more information about the Community Strength and Balance programme in Taranaki, and its Coordinator, Hilary Blackstock.
 
Tēnā koutou, My name is Hilary Blackstock, I am the Community Strength & Balance Coordinator based at Sport Taranaki.
My role is to increase the availability of safe, fun, effective & Approved Strength & Balance classes in the Taranaki Community with the goal being to reduce the number of falls and fall related injuries for those aged over 65.
This will be achieved by:
  • Offering free training and support for refresher and starter courses on Strength and Balance to those people interested in leading Strength & Balance classes.  Support can be around establishing new classes or incorporating strength and balance components into existing classes.
  • Providing ongoing support for classes and leaders
  • Promoting classes across Taranaki
If you are worried about falling or would like to know more, please contact me on 021480180, 06 7590930 ext 724 or by email at [email protected]
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15 Dec

New study highlights heavy drinking patterns in older Kiwis

A recent report released by New Zealand’s Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has highlighted that Kiwis over the age of 50 are more likely to drink in a harmful manner, compared to adults of the same age in several other countries.  This will be an interesting finding for many of us who may associate heavy drinking with younger people.  As we head into the festive season where alcohol use tends to increase dramatically overall, this is a cause for concern. 

This study was completed by an international team funded by the HPA and led by researchers from Massey University’s Health, Work and Retirement Longitudinal Study and the University of Auckland’s Centre for Addiction Research.   Read the press release and report here.

NPiS plans to refresh its focus on the prevention of alcohol related harm in 2018 - please contact [email protected] if you want to know more.  

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1 Dec

NPiS Update November 2017

Click here to catch up on the latest news from New Plymouth Injury Safe.


29 Nov

White Ribbon Day 2017

The New Plymouth community again got into the spirit of this year’s White Ribbon Day – with a fantastic turnout at its annual White Ribbon Relay in the CBD.  Several New Plymouth businesses donned some fun costumes and got fully into their themes, which is a fun way to get a serious message across.  A total of 25 teams raced against each other to raise awareness about family violence, particularly violence against women.   
 
The Street Relay capped off a week of significant events including the White Ribbon Rider’s visit to Taranaki, South Taranaki White Ribbon day, a White Ribbon Champions Ride, as well as displays of white ribbons at venues such as Taranaki DHB and on local Police cars.   Well done to Katy Wilson and the Taranaki Safe Families Trust for organising yet another successful White Ribbon week!
 
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29 Nov

Fewer Pokie Machines = Less Harm

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We all are well aware of the harm that gaming machines (pokies) cause for our community.  The links between problem gambling and self-harm such as suicide are evident and a clear cause for action.  New Plymouth Injury Safe recently took the opportunity to complete a written and oral submission on the New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) review of the Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy, with pleasing results.
 
NPDC recently approved to adopt a capped figure of 320 gaming machines in the district (down from 369).  A ‘sinking lid’ for Waitara was also approved, which means that if venues in the town surrender their gaming licences the number of machines there will be reduced. At present there is a higher density of gaming machines in Waitara of 49 machines,- around 70 machines for every 10,000 people. Nationally, the figure is 32.7 gaming machines per 10,000 people, while in New Plymouth, which is not considered a problem gambling area, there are 39 machines.  Find out more about the outcome here.  

The causes of suicide and self-harm are complex, and we have an obligation to do anything we reasonably can to reduce the rate of suicide and self-harm in our community.  This is another positive step forward - well done NPDC!
 
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28 Nov

Introducing our new NPiS Programme Manager

Kia ora koutou, my name is Alisha Stone and I am the new Programme Manager for New Plymouth Injury Safe.  I am excited to be in this proactive and diverse role!  

I am Taranaki born and bred, and have an extensive background in a number of areas of Health Promotion through my previous role at Taranaki DHB's Public Health Unit.   I also have relevant experience working as a Primary School Teacher and a Social Worker.
 
I have been in this role since the beginning of November and have been busy meeting key partners and familiarising myself with the new role.  I am really interested in further extending my relationships with others in this area through meeting with people who also work in the area of community injury prevention, so please feel free to contact me!
 
Ngā mihi nui
Alisha Stone 

 

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9 Dec

New Plymouth Injury Safe collaboration reaccredited with Safe Community status

New Plymouth District recognised for its focus on creating a safer community.

On Thursday, December 8, representatives from the Safe Community Foundation of New Zealand visited to reaccredit the district with International Safe Community status.

This recognised the collaborative work done between various organisations within the community under the umbrella of New Plymouth Injury Safe (NPiS) to reduce preventable injuries.

“It means that New Plymouth District organisations are running a range of evidence-based well thought out injury prevention and safety promotion programmes that meet the needs of the community,” NPiS programme manager Teresa Gordon says.

During the day, the representatives visited NPiS partner organisations as well as gathered information to make sure the criteria for international safe community status were met.

There was a formal accreditation ceremony and all groups and organisations involved in the NPiS collaboration signed the safe community agreement committing to another five years.

“I think it’s really satisfying to pull together the stories of all the organisations that are working on projects that feed into this, and to realise just how much we’ve achieved in the last six years,” Teresa says.

“It’s especially satisfying to see that we still exist as an organisation given the current difficult climate that non-government organisations face.

“This process proves that what we’re doing is making a difference.”

Over recent years NPiS has witnessed a general decline in injury death rates and a specific decline in paediatric falls and suicide in Taranaki.

A major success was the role the collaborative had in influencing the New Plymouth District Council’s new Local Alcohol Policy.

NPiS was pleased with the result of less access to alcohol at certain times in the New Plymouth District, but acknowledges there’s still work to be done to reduce alcohol related harm in the community.

Reaccreditation is a point of pride for the NPiS collaboration. New Plymouth was one of the first communities in the country to be granted the international safe community status in 2005, which needs to be reapplied for every five years.

It recognises the commitment and efforts of all 11 collaborative partners under the NPiS Trust umbrella; Tui Ora Ltd, Taranaki District Health Board, New Plymouth District Council, Kidsafe Taranaki, Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand Police, Worksafe NZ, New Zealand Fire Service, Bishop’s Action Foundation, Be Safe Taranaki and Taranaki Rural Support Trust. It is also supported with critical funding from the TSB Community Trust.

The signing will be held at 1.30pm at the New Plymouth District Council chambers. The public can attend if they RSVP to Teresa Gordon before December 1 on [email protected]

About New Plymouth injury Safe

NPiS came about after ACC invited communities around the country to examine injury occurrence and prevention in 2000. New Plymouth-based health and community professionals conducted an injury prevention needs assessment and the resulting Community Injury Prevention in the New Plymouth District document became the platform for NPiS. NPiS has come a long way since then, gaining International Safe Community status for the first time in 2005 and becoming a charitable trust in 2006.

Its board meets monthly, chaired by Andrew Brock, with the ultimate aim of creating a safer community by reducing preventable injuries. It does this through encouraging collaboration between organisations, conducting research, doing injury prevention education, and advocating for policy and legislative change.

 


9 Sep

Lead Poisoning Risk Highlighted to Lady DIYers

TDHB Health Protection Staff team up with NPiS

Early last month around 700 women flocked to the Valley Mega Centre for the annual Mitre 10 MEGA Ladies Night. The event included DIY demonstrations, discounts and prizes aimed at encouraging women to get involved in DIY.

New Plymouth Injury Safe’s (NPiS) programme manager Teresa Gordon hosted a stall at the event educating attendees about ‘safety in the home’ and recruited Annabel Shaw from the Taranaki DHB Health Protection team to provide expertise and support on behalf of her team.

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The Health Protection exhibition stall promoted the identification and management of lead-based paint in the home, including advice on how to safely remove it. Lead-based paint can be poisonous to both humans and pets and was banned in New Zealand in 1979; however a lot of houses were built before this time so there is still potential risk of exposure.

Untreated lead poisoning can have a significant effect on children (both in the womb and throughout childhood) in terms of brain development and their ability to learn. Exposure to lead can cause symptoms such as vomiting, stomach pains, difficulty sleeping, constipation and loss of appetite in both children and adults. In extreme cases it can lead to brain damage or even fatalities. If you have concerns about lead poisoning, contact your GP to request a blood test.

The Health Protection stall had a lot of positive feedback as many attendees were not aware of the issue, particularly those who were about to buy, or had just purchased their first home and were considering renovations.

A brochure about safe removal of lead-based paint was distributed to the public for them to take home. To get a copy of the ‘Removing Lead-Based Paint’ brochure download the PDF from www.healthed.govt.nz website by searching for HE4157, or contact Sharon Parker from the Public Health Unit’s Resource Room at [email protected] 


6 Dec

Mental Health Awareness Week

Injury Prevention Aotearoa national injury prevention conference

 

8 Dec

What are you missing?

Taranaki pedestrian safety campaign

The Let's Go team from New Plymouth District Council, the New Plymouth Police, New Plymouth Injury Safe and Roadsafe Taranaki have joined together with Shell Todd Oil Services to deliver a pedestrian safety campaign.  Take a look at the Let's Go website for more information here.