Have you registered for conference 2019?

WHAT: NZRGPN National Rural Health Conference WHERE: Marlborough Convention Centre/ASB Theatre, Blenheim WHEN: April 4 – 7, 2019 Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s National Rural Health Conference in Blenheim from April 4-7. Come along and enjoy the CME, collegiality and Marlborough hospitality. The conference will […]

Government announcement on rural health workforce

The government has just announced its intentions on how it proposes – very generally – to approach the training and development of the rural health workforce. You know that for some time now government has been considering two proposals that would significantly boost the way we train the rural health workforce. With recruitment, retention and […]

Commitment to addressing rural health workforce crisis welcomed; detail now needed

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network welcomed government acknowledgment that the current rural health workforce is not sustainable and action is required to avoid a rural health crisis. The NZRGPN is the membership-based organisation representing New Zealand’s rural medical practices. “We’re pleased with the clear recognition that there are significant challenges facing the delivery […]

Changes will give greater access to Primary Care services

From 1 December 2018, several changes will take place to provide New Zealanders with greater access to primary care. The changes are part of Budget 2018 and include:        Extending access to low-cost general practice visits for all Community Services Card (CSC) holders, including injury-related visits (ACC)        Extending CSC eligibility […]

Urgency required on rural health training

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network today said a decision on the training of rural health professionals was urgently needed to head-off a pending crisis in the rural health workforce. The NZRGPN is the membership organisation representing rural medical practices and was commenting today on the release of an academic paper in the New […]

Changes for Nurse Practitioners with Social Security Act 2018

With the new Social Security Act 2018, Nurse Practitioners will be able to provide medical information for a wider range of MSD services. Some terms we use will also change. New Social Security Act 2018 – Ministry of Social Development (MSD) The Social Security Act 2018 comes into effect on 26 November. It replaces the […]

Otago Community Trust assistance to attend conference 2019

  Attention all nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, practice managers and senior administration staff in rural hospitals, rural general practices or a primary maternity unit within the Otago Region. Otago Community Trust (OCT) is generously sponsoring up to 10 rural health professionals from the Otago region to attend the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s […]