What's going on in rural New Zealand?

Latest Updates

  • System Level Measures update

    Date published
    6 May 2018

    Focus on patient experience survey, April 2018.

    Patient experience of care is an important indicator of the quality of health services, and is one of the System Level Measures co-developed by the Ministry of Health and the health sector. There are two patient experience surveys – one that captures patient feedback and experience in hospital, and the more recent primary care patient experience survey. The surveys are coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

  • Govt inquiry into Mental Health Addiction

    Date published
    4 May 2018

    Call for feedback from members.


    The Government is calling for submissions on the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry. There are a variety of ways in which you can have your say, including attending regional forums during May-June 2018
    The Network will be making a submission specifically focussing on the challenges from a rural perspective and we are interested to hear your feedback on the following questions:

    In the context of mental health and addictions in rural New Zealand communities:
    • What do you think is currently working well?
    • What isn't working well at the moment?
    • What could be done better?
    • What sort of society would be best for the mental health of all our people?

    Please consider this in the context of the patient, the whanau, the community and the rural primary care workforce.


  • SOS for rural emergency funding

    Date published
    2 May 2018

    Air ambulances highlight pressures on rural medical emergency services


    OPINION: Most medical emergency response services in New Zealand operate on the passion and commitment of the people who provide it. (Dominion Post/Fairfax)
    On an emergency helicopter, in an emergency ward, on any ambulance or fire service crew, you tend not to find people doing it for the money.
    For most people there's a safer, simpler and more lucrative way to earn a living than lifting people off mountains, pulling people from the sea, cutting people from cars in the middle of icy winter nights and attending to any number of serious accidents that occur outside of our urban centres.

  • New faces on the Network Board

    Date published
    12 Apr 2018

    Three new rural practitioners were welcomed to the Network Board during its AGM and election at the 2018 conference. The Board reluctantly farewelled Nurse Practitioner and Pleasant Point practice owner Tania Kemp (pictured), who had served three terms. She is succeeded by South Westland-based Rural Nurse Specialist Gemma Hutton. Nurse Practitioner Rhoena Davis also comes onto the Board along with South Island Nurse and Chairperson of Rural Nurses New Zealand, Rhonda Johnson, who was co-opted onto the Board. Rose Lightfoot is now the Network’s consumer representative on the Board.




  • Briefing Paper to the Minister of Health

    Date published
    29 Mar 2018

    Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen and Chief Executive Dalton Kelly presented a briefing paper to the Minister of Health, Dr David Clark, at Parliament on March 28. To read the paper click HERE.