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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.

  • Christmas arrangements for the Network office

    Date published
    30 Nov 2017

    The Network office will be closed for the Christmas break from 4pm, Thursday, December 21, 2017. We will be back at work from Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

     

    Locum payments

    We wish to remind all our locums who are working over this period that you will need to submit your timesheet and tax invoice on:
    • Monday, December 18 (for payment on Wednesday, December 20, 2017)
    We will then do a pay run three weeks later and you will need to submit your timesheet and tax invoice on:
    • Monday, January 8 (for payment on Wednesday, January 10, 2018).

     

    Christmas wishes

    Network staff and the NZLocums team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you for all your support during the last year.

  • 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.

  • Review heralds new era for rural PRIME service

    Date published
    14 Jul 2017

    A wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service has been successfully completed and work will soon begin to implement its recommendations, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.
    “After a very professional and totally comprehensive, year-long process involving numerous stakeholders, the review outcomes have been accepted and we can now get on with the work plan. It will be great to work with our colleagues including St John and NASO during the next phase.”
    The review has been “a major piece of work and those involved have done a fantastic job”.

  • 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.