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  • Rural health - still on the waiting list

    Date published
    25 May 2017

    The Government’s election year budget has not delivered much-needed funding to primary care in rural New Zealand at a time when pressure is growing across a number of fronts for the sector, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chairperson Sharon Hansen.

  • Single crewing to end - what about rural?

    Date published
    16 May 2017

    A $59 million funding injection for existing road ambulance services is a win but questions remain for areas without ambulance services, says Rural General Practice Network chair Sharon Hansen.

  • Navilluso recognised for hi-tech healt

    Date published
    16 May 2017

    One of New Zealand’s leading Maori health companies, Navilluso, has again been recognised for its enormous work helping people’s health all over New Zealand. (Scoop)

  • Kaikoura GPs Peter Snow Award recipients

    Date published
    4 Apr 2017

    The 2017 Peter Snow Memorial Award has gone to Kaikoura GPs Dr Chris Henry and Dr Andrea Judd (pictured). The award was announced at a ceremony at the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s annual conference in Wellington on Friday, March 31. The pair were presented with the award by last year’s recipients Dr Ivan and Leonie Howie, both rural general practitioners on Great Barrier Island.


  • School of Rural Health a timely initiative

    Date published
    21 Mar 2017

    The announcement by Otago and Auckland universities for a proposed School of Rural Health couldn’t be better timed and if implemented will underpin the rural health workforce for the medium to long term future, says New Zealand Rural General Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen.


    “A well trained primary health care workforce has never been so important. With the rural sector particularly suffering inequity of access to general practice, it is a timely move,” says Ms Hansen.


  • Rural health conference sessions now online

    start date - end date:
    11 Apr 2017 - 1 Sep 2017

    You can now access the keynote and concurrent session presentations from the recent NZRGPN national rural health coneference in Wellington. Click on the conference logo below.



    You can also watch interviews with session speakers at the conference, courtesy of Mobile Health. Click on the logo below.



    To view conference photos follow the links: Option 1 or Option 2

  • Peter Snow Award

    start date - end date:
    30 May 2017 - 1 Feb 2018

    Nominations for the 2018 Peter Snow Memorial Award will be open from June 30, 2017.

  • Mental health initiatives

    start date - end date:
    15 Jun 2017 - 19 Jun 2017
    Hawkes Bay

    Safe hands, safe plans workshops. These workshops will be facilitated by Dr Annette Beautrais, suicide prevention researcher with over 35 years’ experience in this area.


Book giveaway!

We have two copies of the book Island Nurses, stories of birth, life and death on remote Great Barrier Island to give away. To be in the draw to win a copy, tell us the authors' names. Email your answer to rob@rgpn.org.nz by 4pm, Monday, May 29, 2017.

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See also Auckland Waitemata Alliance Summary Report and Appendices.