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  • VBS 2017 review, 2018-19 intake information

    Date published
    1 Dec 2017

    The Minster of Health has confirmed those health professions, communities and specialties that will be eligible for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme in 2018. Full details are on the Ministry’s website and information will also be sent to those completing undergraduate study and commencing general practice training.
    To ensure greater certainty for future applicants, the eligible listed areas for the 2018 intake will also apply for the 2019 intake. Additional professions, communities or specialties may beadded to the 2019 intake at a later date.

  • 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.

  • Palliative care review feedback sought

    Date published
    11 Feb 2016

    The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback from the Primary Care sector during the initial phase of the Review of Adult Palliative Care Services. 

  • SuperSeniors website launched

    Date published
    21 Sep 2015

    The new SuperSeniors website was launched recently by Prime Minister John Key and Minister for Senior Citizens Maggie Barry. The website is designed to be a gateway for older New Zealanders and a place where seniors can access information they will find useful, relevant and enjoyable. It will have a whole host of information from getting out and about, cooking, health and wellbeing, to planning where you want to live. 

  • Extended regional air service a good start

    Date published
    31 Aug 2015

    Today's announcement that Jetstar will offer four extra regional destinations to its New Zealand routes and the suggestion that more will likely be added is positive news for regional and rural communities, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chief executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Rural GP receives Eric Elder award

    Date published
    7 Aug 2015

    Kawhia GP Dr John Burton was awarded the Eric Elder Memorial Medal at the College of GPs 2015 conference in Hamilton recently. The honour was bestowed on the long-time rural GP and Network member after he and his Kawhia Health Centre team received a standing ovation for their practice model of care presentation, which included their work as a teaching practice.

  • Mental health screening tool developed

    Date published
    23 Jul 2015

    Otago Polytechnic nursing school and students collaborate with rural practice to develop mental health screening tool

    A mental health screening tool for use in rural general practice has been developed by a group of year-two Otago Polytechnic nursing students and their tutors in association with Pleasant Point medical centre.

    The project involved students Olivia Connor, Savanah Brady and Katheryn Campbell while on their clinical primary health care placement at the South Canterbury practice and was supervised by their lecturer Anna Wheeler, the polytechnic’s, principal lecturer Jean Ross and medical centre co-owner and Nurse Practitioner Tania Kemp.

  • 2014 RNZCGP Workforce Survey released

    Date published
    11 Dec 2014

    New Zealand’s general practitioner workforce needs to grow to meet the healthcare needs of its communities according to a workforce survey report released today by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

  • Health minister hears rural health’s big issues

    Date published
    27 Nov 2014

    Key rural health priorities and issues were on the agenda when New Zealand Rural General Practice Network leaders met with new health minister Jonathan Coleman this week.

    Network chair Dr Jo Scott-Jones and deputy chair Sharon Hansen discussed a range of topics with Dr Coleman during an hour-long meeting at Parliament on Wednesday (November 26).

     

  • Ultrasound scanning upgrades

    Date published
    16 Oct 2012

    Expectant mothers will soon have access to the latest in real-time "4D" ultrasound imagery in South Canterbury. (Timaru Herald)