Lake Wanaka


  • Conference 2018 MC announced

    Date published
    16 Mar 2018

    Introducing Adrian Te Patu



    Adrian has worked in various organisations including government departments and agencies, community organisations, education institutions, hospitals, health providers and Iwi. His experience, knowledge, networks and links are wide-ranging at a local, national and international level.
    Adrian has extensive experience in governance and roles in public health, schools, not for profit, social service agencies, sports clubs and various warranted government and local government roles. Much of his work in recent years has been as a contractor facilitating training in cultural responsiveness and competency for organisations as diverse as Auckland University of Technology, Te R┼źnanga o Ngai Tahu, Environment Canterbury, doctors and staff of Primary Health Organisations, Red Cross NZ and various boards of trustees. Part of his current voluntary work is providing public health strategy advice in his national role as co-vice president of the Public Health Association of New Zealand.

  • National PRIME committee convenes

    Date published
    7 Feb 2018

    The newly-formed National PRIME Committee held its inaugural meeting following a year-long review of the service.
    The committee, chaired by Wellsford GP Dr Tim Malloy, was established in late 2017 following a comprehensive review of the Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service in 2016.
    Held on January 19, the inaugural national committee meeting was attended by representatives from New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, St John (PRIME administrator), ACC, Ministry of Health (NASO), PRIME providers and practitioners (medical and nursing), regional PRIME committee chairs, Emergency Care Co-ordination Teams, Rural Service Level Alliance Teams, RNZCGP and NZCPHCN.

  • Network features on TV1 Breakfast

    Date published
    26 Jan 2018

    Jack Tame interviews Network CE Dalton Kelly on rural GP shortage


  • VBS 2017 review, 2018-19 intake information

    Date published
    1 Dec 2017

    The Minster of Health has confirmed those health professions, communities and specialties that will be eligible for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme in 2018. Full details are on the Ministry’s website and information will also be sent to those completing undergraduate study and commencing general practice training.
    To ensure greater certainty for future applicants, the eligible listed areas for the 2018 intake will also apply for the 2019 intake. Additional professions, communities or specialties may beadded to the 2019 intake at a later date.

  • Water quality at heart of healthy communities

    Date published
    23 Feb 2017

    The quality of New Zealand’s waterways and drinking water cannot be compromised and the health and wellbeing of people in rural communities must not be put at risk, even in the short term, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chairperson Sharon Hansen.


  • National Rural Health Conference 2018 CME-CPD

    start date - end date:
    5 Apr 2018 - 8 Apr 2018
    Pullman, Auckland

    The “NZRGPN National Rural Health Conference 2018” has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 20.5 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. General Practitioners who complete the programme will need certificates from the Network that record this statement. These certificates will be available after participants have completed the programme, so medical practitioners participating in GPEP or CPD have the necessary documentation for submission to the college when this is requested.

  • Counting down to conference 2018

    start date - end date:
    5 Apr 2018 - 8 Apr 2018
    Pullman Auckland


    The countdown is on to this year's National Rural Health Conference at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel from April 5 – 8. For more details on the programme, registration information and to book accommodation, visit the official conference website by clicking this LINK.
    The four-day programme is stacked with interesting speakers, workshops, meetings and social events. It all kicks off with an array of preconference workshops on Thursday, April 5. These include: Rural hospital medicines update; Te Ao Maori and why protocols exist; Musculoskeletal medicine and therapy; nurses’ skills workshop/forum; Goodyarn mental health workshop; Bayer contraception workshop; ultrasound training, and a rural research day.

  • Pat Farry Trust dinner fundraiser Conference 2018

    start date - end date:
    6 Apr 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
    Gemmayze Street, Auckland

    Tickets to the Pat Farry Trust fundraiser dinner on 6 April at Gemmayze Street in Auckland are selling hot and there are limited numbers left. If you haven't already got your reservation, book here. And don't forget that it is open to all family and friends, so bring them along to celebrate Pat's legacy.
    The late Pat Farry was a Rural General Practitioner based out of Queenstown who was passionate about Rural Medicine. He devoted his life to improving rural education and in 2007 established the very successful Rural Immersion Programme for medical students of the University of Otago. Pat passed away in 2009 and the following year a trust was established in his memory to further develop and maintain his vision. Since 2011, the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust has provided 20 scholarships and grants to medical student recipients to pursue rural health educational experiences overseas.





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Countdown to confernce 2018 - have you registered yet?

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Alliancing update

Chris Farrelly, Rose Lightfoot and Sam Bartrum discuss Rural SLATs in Northland.

See also Auckland Waitemata Alliance Summary Report and Appendices.