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  • Tourist Tax must address more than toilets

    Date published
    17 Jun 2018

    The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network said a Tourist Tax needed to reflect that tourism was now placing real stress on delivery of rural health services.
    The NZRGPN is the national network representing the doctors and nurses of rural medical practices across New Zealand.
    “Tourism is a great thing for the New Zealand economy but managing its impacts goes beyond more toilets and car parks,” said Chief Executive, Dalton Kelly.

  • 'Rural Proofing' vital for rural communities

    Date published
    13 Jun 2018

    The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network today welcomed a refreshed ‘rural proofing’ policy that will ensure rural communities are ‘at the heart of policy making across government’.
    The NZRGPN is the national network representing the staff of rural medical practices across New Zealand.

  • Rural GPs get Queen's Birthday honours

    Date published
    5 Jun 2018

    Two rural doctors received QSMs in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours - Dr John McGettigan for services to rural health and Dr Mary Ballantyne for services to women's and children's health.
    Dr McGettigan has been a General Practitioner for the Methven community for 40 years.
    Dr Ballantyne became a partner of Te Awamutu Medical Centre in 1981 and established a busy general practice predominantly caring for women and children.

  • Rural health must be integral in services review

    Date published
    30 May 2018

    The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network has welcomed an announcement of a comprehensive review of health services in New Zealand.
    The NZRGPN is the national network representing the staff of rural medical practices across New Zealand.
    “A comprehensive review of the delivery of health and disability services is timely,” said NZRGPN Chief Executive Dalton Kelly. “This review must be comprehensive and wide-ranging, taking into account the full range of communities and health service providers across New Zealand.
    “We welcome the Review and will look to participate fully in it on behalf of the medical professionals who are delivering outstanding health services to rural communities, often under increasingly difficult conditions.”

  • Government announce health system review

    Date published
    29 May 2018

    The entire health and disability system will be reviewed, with the district health board system coming under the spotlight (NZ Herald).

    The terms of reference for the review say the current system has a "complex mix of governance, ownership, business and accountability models and arrangements.
    "This complexity can get in the way of ensuring public money is spent to invest in, and provide healthcare to the public in a coherent and smart way."
    Health minister David Clark, who announced the review today (May 29), has previously indicated he was keen for a "fresh" look at the way DHBs operated.


  • Conference 2018 keynote and concurrent sessions

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

    Keynote speaker presentations at the Network's recent National Rural Health Conference can now be viewed via YouTube. Click on the titles below:


    Health Minister Dr David Clark
    PRIME panel
    Kyle Eggleton
    Great Barrier Island nurses
    Mark Bryan

    To view presentations from concurrent sessions click on the conference logo below:




    To see interviews with keynote presenters at the conference click on the Mobile Health icon below:


  • Conference 2018 – an ‘outstanding success’

    start date - end date:
    5 Apr 2018 - 9 Apr 2018
    The Pullman Hotel, Auckland

    More than 480 delegates attended the Network’s conference in Auckland this month, an event Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen describes an “outstanding success”.
    “We had four days of compelling speakers, topics, research, forums and social events. We hosted the Minister of Health Dr David Clark, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles, Australian rural and remote rural health research expert Professor John Wakerman, leading representatives from Otago, Auckland and Waikato Universities who discussed the proposals for a new school of rural health/medicine, our very own dynamic Great Barrier Island nurses and authors Leonie Howie and Adele Robertson, and we heard the latest from the National PRIME committee headed by Dr Tim Malloy.
    “The gala dinner and awards night was a glittering affair and the whole conference was ably guided by MC extraordinaire Adrian Te Patu.
    “My congratulations to all the award recipients on the night including Dr Keith Buswell who received the Peter Snow Memorial Award and Aotea Health on Great Barrier Island which received the Rural General Practice of the Year Award.”
    Ms Hansen said the exhibition and trade area was also a massive success.
    “The exhibition area was full and fully utilized by delegates during the breaks. The catering was superb and the Pullman Hotel was a fabulous venue. I want to extend my thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s event. I also want to thank the New Zealand Rural Hospital Network, RHAANZ, Mobile Health, the Pat Farry Trust and Conference Innovators for their involvement.”

    To see photos from Welcome Function and Gala Dinner and Awards night, click on the images.




  • Skin cancer symposiums

    start date - end date:
    24 Aug 2018 - 26 Aug 2018

    Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy and the Certificate of Surgical and Medical Management of Skin Cancer (Surgical Workshop) from Skin Cancer Symposiums https://www.skincancersymposiums.com

    Date: August 24-26, 2018.
    Time: 08.15 – 17.00 pm.
    Venue: Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skills Centre, North Shore Hospital, Auckland.





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