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We’re here if tamariki are injured in an accident.
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Acc. Prevention. Care. Recovery.
Learn more at acc.co.nz
We support tamariki to recover following an injury anywhere in Aotearoa. We also help you with the cost of care.
Being active is all part of a healthy childhood in Aotearoa, along with the scraped knees and bumped heads that sometimes go with it.
If tamariki are injured, we're here to help. It doesn't matter if they're family or friends, or if the injury happened at home, school, or out in the community.
We provide financial support for medical services, care and equipment. This allows you to focus more on helping your tamariki recover and less on worrying about how you’ll support them.
We'd love for all tamariki to enjoy an injury-free childhood. So we also invest in programmes to help keep tamariki safe, teaching important skills like water safety and how to respond in an emergency.
You might not know that ACC is involved in care and recovery when tamariki are injured in Aotearoa. That's because 94% of people we help, including tamariki, simply visit their doctor, hospital or healthcare provider, like a physio, for treatment. We work hard in the background to help support tamariki to get better.
The support we provide can include:
- hospital visits
- payment towards doctor and healthcare provider visits
- surgery for more serious injuries
- equipment, eg crutches and wheelchairs
- transport to medical appointments
- transport to help tamariki continue with everyday life, like getting to school
- access to rongoā Māori services
- support with education, eg home learning or a teacher-aide at school
- housing modifications if needed.
You can read more about support for childcare and education after an injury.
We also partner with New Zealand communities to support the great work toward injury and violence prevention.
We know that tamariki want to play, learn and have fun inside and outside. We want them to do it safely, with your help, because we all have a role to play in preventing harm from happening in the first place.
Here are some tips on how to create a safe environment for your tamariki:
- make sure balconies have a solid safety barrier that tamariki can't climb
- have safety catches on windows within reach of young ones
- keep gardening tools, equipment, chemicals, poisons, solvents, paints, and sprays out of sight and reach
- install safety catches on cupboards and drawers that hold dangerous items, like medicines, poisons and sharp objects
- have fire extinguishers handy and mounted on the wall out of reach
- turn non-essential appliances off at the wall
- make sure the bathroom floor is dry after bathtime
- clean up spills as soon as they happen.
Whare Kahikā is a free app to help you create a safe physical home environment for tamariki.
Each year we help 200,000 tamariki learn how to have fun and be safe in the water.
We support St John to teach tamariki about preventing injuries in their communities and how to respond in an emergency.