Summer Wellness Tips
Health Promotion Agency
Community Strength and Balance Programme Update
Christmas holiday break
Community Strength and Balance classes are closing over the Holidays so our wonderful leaders can have a break. Classes kick off again during January depending on the leaders availability (some start early Jan and some are near the end).
There are plenty of ways you can work on your Strength and Balance over the holidays, here are a few ideas you can do…triple points if you get family or friends to join you (Remember to keep strong support near by like a bench or table if you need it)
- Lower yourself into your chair slowly while counting up to 5, and the same to stand up
- See how long you can stand on one leg (if this is easy – try closing your eyes)
- Try walking heel to toe like you are on a tight rope, see how far you can go
- Stand up onto your tip toes and slowly down again – repeat up to 10 times a day
Thank you for being part of our 2018 fun and success, we look forward to seeing you in 2019!
To find out more about improving your Strength and Balance and the classes in your community visit www.livestronger.org.nz or contact Hilary at Sport Taranaki, or 021480180 after January 9th
Water safety tips
Just in time for summer
The hot weather has arrived - so that means lots of fun in the sun at our favourite swimming spots! This can also mean some potentially risky situations around water. There are a lot of fabulous initiatives which will be taking place over the summer period to remind us of easy ways to be safe in and around the water.
One such initiative is the Swim Reaper campaign, developed by Water Safey NZ (with funding support from ACC), which is designed to remind us that while it’s great to enjoy our beautiful swimming spots, making bad choices around water can have potentially deadly consequences. The Swim Reaper can be found lurking at known high risk beaches, lakes, rivers and waterways in New Zealand, looking out for young people making bad decisions.
Other tips Water Safety has for us at this time include:
- Remove all distractions when your little ones are around water. Put the phone away and give your precious ones the attention they deserve
- Paddling pools can be dangerous places for toddlers. When your little ones are getting wet this summer, stay hands-on. It's more fun anyway!
- Don't forget your legal obligations under the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 if you have a pool at home this summer - including a portable pool.
- Out on a boat, canoe or kayak? Wear a life jacket and carry a VHF radio when you are out on the water.
- At the beach remember the basics: swim between the flags, know your limitations and look out for other beach users.
- Rivers are our deadliest aquatic environment. Rivers are changeable, unpredictable and contain hidden dangers. Check out Water Safety NZ's advice around river safety.
Check out this video of Water Safety NZ's CEO Jonty Mills talking about New Zealand's drowning problem and staying water safe this summer with the AM show.
Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry
The report of the long-awaited Mental Health and Addiction inquiry was recently released and is now being considered by the government and the wider sector.
The panel has returned its report in just under a year and the Government has released it for public discussion. It has confirmed that it is taking a considered approach and will formally respond by March next year. Minister of Health David Clark said the inquiry was a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we handle some of the biggest challenges we face as a country".
More than 2000 people attended public meetings as the panel travelled to 26 centres throughout the country. More than 5200 submissions were made to the inquiry.
Among its recommendations are urgently implementing a national suicide prevention strategy and target, reforming the Mental Health Act, establishing a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission to act as a watchdog, and reforming alcohol and drug laws.
Key recommendations a national health target to improve access to mental health services. They also propose a wider set of services to be made available to patients: things like e-therapy, and better resourcing to have paramedics paired with police on emergency mental health callouts.
Haven't got time to read the report? Check out this fantastic 5 minute summary of the recommendations here:
Keen to read more?
Alcohol and Your Kids
New resource from the Health Promotion Agency
Latest research around alcohol related harm has overwhelmingly identified the importance of delaying the introduction of alcohol use for young people which reduces alcohol related harm.
The Health Promotion Agency have just updated their 'Alcohol and Your Kids' resource. It has key informaiton for parents including
• How alcohol can harm a teenager’s brain and body
• Tips for modelling low-risk drinking
• How to have conversations about alcohol
• What to do if things go wrong
People can download a pdf or order printed copies from here - https://www.alcohol.org.nz/resources-research/alcohol-resources/resource-publications
Last Free Car Seat Clinics for 2018
Kidsafe Taranaki Trust
National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference
Supported by Live Stronger for Longer: Preventing Falls and Fractures
The 2018 National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference recently held in New Plymouth provided a great opportunity for our local Live Stronger for Longer Coordinator Hilary Blackstock to profile fun strength and balance exercises. Hilary was ably supported by Sheldon Ngatai, who delivers a fabulous Zumba Gold class which links to the 9 strength and balance criteria for evidenced-based falls prevention . The energiser exercises interspersed throughout the conference were throroughly enjoyed by attendees; who included Kaumātua and service providers from around the country.
Interested in attending an accredited class to help improve your balance and core strength? Visit the LIve Stronger for Longer website for more information.
Together We Can Achieve More - Mā Te Mahi Tahi Ka Tutuki - Theme of 2018 National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference
For more information about the conference, click here.
Left to right: Kath Forde (ACC and NPiS Trustee), Sheldon Ngatai (Zumba Gold Instructor) and HIlary Blackstock (Sport Taranaki)
White Ribbon Relay 2018
Taranaki Safe Families Trust
White Ribbon Day (November 25th) is the International Day for the Elimination of Men’s Violence Towards Women. White Ribbon aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men. Together we can make a difference and this year we’re asking men to ‘Stand Up’ by taking the online pledge and committing to take one or more actions. The eight actions offer men choices – to listen, reflect, alter their behaviour, talk to others and disrupt negative behaviour – which build respectful behaviour that undermines violence.
NPiS supported New Plymouth's annual event - the White Ribbon Street Relay. Held on November 23rd, 24 teams battled it out to be associated with the kaupapa of stopping Men’s violence towards Women. It was a great turn out with lots of positive energy! Thank you to Dane Haskell and the Taranaki Safe Families Trust for organising such a fantastic event again this year.
Callum Williamson (NPDC and NPiS Trustee)
How to reduce stress this Christmas
Tips from the Mental Health Foundation
Christmas time is a fantastic and exciting time of year - but it can also easily be very stressful for many of us. The Mental Health Foundation have released some useful info below on how we can stay on top of things and put it all into perspective this Christmas. Check out the info below and share!
Are you expecting this Christmas to be stressful, either for you or someone you know?
More than half of all New Zealanders – 51 percent – feel added financial and social stresses during the festive season. For some of us, the pressure is on to create a magical day for our tamariki and whānau. For others, the Kirihimete period can increase loneliness and hardship, with limited access to kai, transport and other services.
Try to keep in mind that the true gift of the season is our presence, not our presents.
Giving our time, our words and our presence makes others feel great, but it also lifts our own mood and makes us feel our lives have more meaning. It’s one of our Five Ways to Wellbeing – simple things we can all do to feel great.
Some cost-friendly ways we can give during the Kirihimete season are:
- Taking friends or whānau to look at Christmas lights. There were 232 lit-up houses in Aotearoa last year!
- Spending quality time with whānau doing things you all enjoy.
- Heading along to listen to Christmas carols.
- Making Christmas arts and crafts. Bake seasonal treats to give away as presents, create decorations or reduce your card costs! Crafts are a great way to get tamariki involved in the festive spirit.
- Visiting people/whānau in your community who may be a little lonely over the festive season. Rest homes and animal shelters value companionship and Christmas cheer. Random acts of kindness also do the trick, as Tokoroa woman Candace Enosa and her two daughters found!
Some ways to reduce stress for you, whānau and others around you, are:
- Spending time in nature. Over summer the pōhutukawa blossom, the sun shines more, and the days are longer. Taking a walk through the ngahere (bush), throwing the ball around with your tamariki, going to the beach or planting vegetable seeds are some great ways to connect with taiao (the environment).
- Buying food on special ahead of season, when prices are lower. We find buying kai early can also help manage our Christmas budgets.
- Finding time to recharge. Thousands of Kiwis celebrated this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week by being active, learning, giving, connecting and taking notice. Our Facebook, Twitterand Instagram pages are full of tips for recharging and finding calm!
Christmas can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be.
If you ever feel Christmas pressure is affecting your or someone else’s mental health, you don’t need to keep it to yourself – call or text 1737. Their trained counsellors are always on hand to help.
Arohanui to you and your whānau,
The Mental Health Foundation team
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!
Missed the training? Register for the ELearning workshop
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.
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
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.
For more information, visit this link
New Netsafe Resources
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
It's a fantastic website, so take a browse and see what they have to offer.
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:
Source: Massey Universityhttp://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=2757E06D-D120-49F6-89F9-6BE2DAE0C50E
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!
Find a class near you at https://www.livestronger.org.nz/home/find-class/find-a-class-near-you/
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.
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.
Check out the Safekids Aotearoa website for plenty of free resources and information on how you can make our homes safety zones!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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]
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/
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.
Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group
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]
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.
Two of the many families who got their car seats checked by technicians at recent Kidsafe Taranaki car seat clinics
Make Your Home A Safety Zone
Free Safekids Aotearoa Workshop in New Plymouth
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”
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.
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.
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]
Free Taranaki Car Seat Clinics
Commencing June 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
Staff from NPDC, Police, Shell Taranaki and NPiS at a recent checkpoint helping Coastal Walkway users to be more visible at dusk.
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!
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.
The Tui Ora crew at Womad included Kaitiaki Working with St John's was a key part of the job,
who were ‘guardians’ of rangatahi, as well as supporting festival goers and communicating
range of other staff. with whānau.
Members of the Kaitiaki Angel crew wandered the site throughout the day and evening.
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/
Live Stronger for Longer: Preventing Falls and Fractures
Taranaki EXPO 10-13 April 2018
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.
‘Department of Lost Nights’
Health Promotion Agency’s newest phase towards reducing alcohol related harm
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
Kaupapa Māori Injury Prevention and Community Safety Hui
14 March 2018
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)
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!
Live Stronger for Longer Forum
Venue – New Plymouth District Council Chambers
Date – Saturday 17th February
Time – 10am -12pm
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.
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.
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’
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.
Managing Alcohol in clubs
New resources from the Health Promotion Agency
Managing Alcohol in clubs
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:
or go to alcohol.org.nz.
For further information contact [email protected]
Drought Decision Making Workshops
Coming to Coastal Taranaki
NPiS Update December 2017
Check out our last update for 2017 by clicking here.
Have a safe and happy Christmas :-)
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
More than one in five elderly New Zealanders are lonely
Help your family be safer these holidays
Source: It's Not Ok Campaign
Reducing falls in over 65s
Taranaki Community Strength and Balance Programme
- 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
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.
NPiS Update November 2017
White Ribbon Day 2017
Fewer Pokie Machines = Less Harm
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!
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.
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.
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]