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  • School of Rural Health a timely initiative

    Date published
    21 Mar 2017

    Today’s (March 21) 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.

  • Calling all health professionals and students!

    Date published
    21 Mar 2017

    We're on the lookout for amazing photographs from around New Zealand on the topic "What does rural health mean to you?"
    Simply post your photo with the hashtag #ruralphotocomp2017 and your discipline, to be in the draw to win.

  • Conference keynote speakers cover the issues

    Date published
    7 Mar 2017

    Have you registered for the national rural health conference in Wellington at the end of March? Keynote speakers include Dr Robyn Toomath (Fat Science), Norm Hewitt (bullying and domestic violence in NZ), Marnie Prickett (water quality in NZ), Eric Crampton (health economics), Matt Shirtcliff (mental health), Does NZ need a rural school of medicine? (Professor Ross Lawrenson and Dr Garry Nixon), and a PRIME review panel.

    Visit the conference website to register and see the academic programme, accommodation options and social events. Follow the LINK to access the website.

    The conference theme is “Healthy Rural Communities – Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora, Wai Ora” and the TSB Arena-Shed 6 complex on the Wellington waterfront is the venue. The dates are March 30 to April 2, 2017.

  • 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.

  • AGM - call for agenda items

    Date published
    27 Jan 2017

    New Zealand Rural General Practice Network AGM - process for raising an issue for discussion.

    The Network’s AGM will be held during its Wellington conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The agenda and supporting papers will be distributed by Friday, March 10, 2017 in line with the Network’s Constitution. All members are encouraged to attend the AGM and have their say.  If you would like to raise an issue for discussion please forward a one-pager outlining the issue, its importance to the Network/rural general practice and the action you are proposing. Your paper needs to be with the Network’s communications manager Rob Olsen (rob@rgpn.org.nz) by 4pm, Friday, February 24, 2017.




  • College of Nurses endorses conference programme

    start date - end date:
    10 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017
    TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

    The 2017 conference has been endorsed by the College of Nurses Aotearoa New Zealand and has been approved for up to eight hours per day for Professional Development purposes.

    Nurses who complete the programme will need certificates from the Network that record this attendance.  These certificates will be emailed to you after the conference. 


  • College endorses conference programme

    start date - end date:
    30 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017
    TSB Arena Wellington


    The NZRGPN National Rural Health Conference 2017 Wellington has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 17.25 credits CME for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.
    General Practitioners who complete the programme will need certificates from the Network that also record this statement. These certificates should be sent after participants have completed the programme, so medical practitioners participating in GPEP or MOPS have the necessary documen-tation for submission to the college when this is requested.

  • Final countdown starts to conference 2017

    start date - end date:
    30 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017
    TSB Arena, Wellington

    Just under two weeks remain until this year’s national rural health conference in Wellington - will you be there? There's still time to register, and book flights and accommodation to secure your seat at the country’s premier rural health conference. The exciting lineup of keynote speakers and topics features:

    Dr Peter Moodie (Is General Practice funding sustainable and equitable? Are Health Care Homes our salvation?), Norm Hewitt (family violence and bullying), Robyn Toomath (endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, author of “Fat Science”, obesity campaigner), Dr Eric Crampton (Head of Research at NZ Initiative - economic and policy thinktank and former University of Canterbury Economics lecturer), Matt Shirtcliff (mental wellness advocate/creative director), Dr Garry Nixon and Professor Ross Lawrenson (Does New Zealand need a rural school of medicine?), a PRIME Review panel discussion (Dr Tim Malloy, Tony Smith, Jared Stevenson, and Kate Stark) and water quality in NZ (Marnie Prickett).


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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.