Long-serving New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Board member Kim Gosman has been named Health Volunteer of the Year and Individual Maori Health Volunteer of the Year.
The 2018 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards were presented on June 18, during National Volunteer Week, at the Grand Hall Parliament.
Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly said the awards were well-deserved recognition of Kim’s hard work and dedication to the health sector over many years.
“The Network and the rural health sector is extremely fortunate to have had Kim’s enthusiasm, expertise and drive over many years and I congratulate her on receiving these awards.”
Kim is the Network Board’s Southern North Island representative. She said receiving the awards was “just overwhelming”.
The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network said a Tourist Tax needed to reflect that tourism was now placing real stress on delivery of rural health services.
The NZRGPN is the national network representing the doctors and nurses of rural medical practices across New Zealand.
“Tourism is a great thing for the New Zealand economy but managing its impacts goes beyond more toilets and car parks,” said Chief Executive, Dalton Kelly.
The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network today welcomed a refreshed ‘rural proofing’ policy that will ensure rural communities are ‘at the heart of policy making across government’.
The NZRGPN is the national network representing the staff of rural medical practices across New Zealand.
Two rural doctors received QSMs in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours – Dr John McGettigan for services to rural health and Dr Mary Ballantyne for services to women’s and children’s health.
Dr McGettigan has been a General Practitioner for the Methven community for 40 years.
Dr Ballantyne became a partner of Te Awamutu Medical Centre in 1981 and established a busy general practice predominantly caring for women and children.