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  • Rural General Practice welcomes new Minister

    Date published
    25 Oct 2017

    “We congratulate the Labour-led Government on its election 2017 victory and look forward to working with new Health Minister David Clark to resolve the long-running health challenges facing rural communities,” says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Tim Malloy to head National PRIME Committee

    Date published
    18 Oct 2017

    Rural GP and Royal New Zealand College of GPs president Dr Tim Malloy has been appointed chairperson of the newly created PRIME National Committee.
    Following a year-long review of the Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service, one of the key recommendations was to establish a national committee to oversee the service. The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network was tasked with finding an experienced PRIME clinician to chair that committee, said Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Date published
    12 Oct 2017

    NATURE IS KEY: NZRGPN and NZLocums staff took a break from the office on October 10 as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week “Lock out” with a coffee break in Wellington’s Botanic Garden. A short uphill walk over the urban motorway and through the historic Bolton Street cemetery, the gardens provided the perfect setting for staff to “unlock their wellbeing” amongst nature. The weather turned on a bright face for the occasion which was repeated nationwide throughout the week.
    Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly said the outing was a chance for staff to “get some fresh air, have a coffee and a chat together and unwind”.

    “We wandered through the old cemetery on the way back to our Terrace office; the combination of the fresh air and light exercise really takes you out of the work situation long enough to clear your mind. It’s something I will be encouraging staff to do collectively more often.”


  • Health inequities remain despite funding boost

    Date published
    22 Aug 2017

    The announcement that an additional 600,000 low income New Zealanders will have the cost of their GP visit capped at $18 is welcome news, however other longstanding health inequities that affect rural people still need to be addressed, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Collaboration key to addressing rural workforce

    Date published
    10 Aug 2017

    The call for a nationally focussed, multidisciplinary approach to training rural health professionals is a sensible way to address the longer term health needs of rural communities, says the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network. 


  • 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.

  • Lung health awareness month

    start date - end date:
    31 Oct 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
    NZ wide

    November is lung health awareness month and the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network is delighted to support the Lung Foundation New Zealand raise awareness by sharing and promoting its lung health poster and by encouraging rural practices, communities and individuals to organise an event that will save lives by increasing awareness and early detection of lung disease.

  • Early Bird conference 2018 registration now open

    start date - end date:
    15 Nov 2017 - 8 Apr 2018
    Pullman Auckland

    Early bird registration is open for the 2018 New Zealand Rural General Practice Network National Rural Health Conference. From now until February 16, 2018 discounted rates apply. Everyone who registers and pays by close of the early bird option will enter a draw to win a FitBit. For more details on the programme, registration information and to book accommodation, visit the official conference website by clicking this LINK.
    Auckland’s Pullman will host next year’s conference from April 5 – 8. The theme is “Healthy Rural Communities – Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora, Wai Ora”.
    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.

Network News Spring issue - OUT NOW

In this issue:

- Stroke - professionals aren't exempt!

- Students discuss their burning issues

- PRIME review update

- HPA - immunisation videos

- Housing for young doctors

- NRHAG update

- Conference 2018 update

- Columns from the Chair and Chief Executive


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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.