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About Us

Welcome to the official website of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network.

The Network was established in the early 1990s by a small group of enthusiastic rural general practitioners to provide a support network for their colleagues.  From small beginnings the Network has grown into a professional organisation headed by a chief executive and governed by an Executive Board.

The Executive Board is comprised of rural general practitioners, all currently practising.  The board is comprised of GPs, a rural hospital doctor, rural nurses, rural nurse specialists and nurse practitioners who ensure the Network’s governance reflect the reality of frontline rural primary healthcare.

Recruitment Service

There is one recruitment service under the auspices of the Network:

NZLocums is the only Government-funded rural General Practitioner recruitment service in New Zealand.  Their contract with the Ministry of Health, provides general practitioners with a rural ranking score of 35 or more, eligibility to apply for a two week break once a year (conditions apply). Under this contract, they also recruit for permanent rural general practitioner vacancies and provide long-term assistance.

NZLocums recruits experienced general practitioners to its pool of roving locums for variable periods of time.  If you are thinking about becoming a NZ Locum then have a no obligation, confidential chat with one of our relationship managers.


The Network’s annual Conference enables rural general practitioners and clinicians to gather to discuss rural health issues, present research, experiences and to network. For more details click here.


Full Membership is available to all rural GPs, locums, medical officers of special scale, practice nurses, rural nurses and rural nurse specialists.   Associate Membership is also available to defined groups and organisations.