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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 ( by 4pm, Friday, February 24, 2017.



  • Practice ownership key in looming GP shortage

    Date published
    2 Nov 2016

    The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network is applauding the publication of a “Practice Ownership Resource” by the Royal New Zealand College of GPs.

    “With rural general practice ownership now becoming more diverse and with a looming GP retirement bubble, other members of the rural general practice team will benefit from the valuable insights and information that the resource offers,” says NZRGPN Chairperson Sharon Hansen, who was at the official launch in Wellington on November 2.  

  • 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.