Feedback on the GPEP programme as affects rural GP training

The Network has been asked to provide feedback on the current GPEP training programme and how it might be improved. We are seeking any feedback from members by close of business Monday 21 March to help shape our thinking and responses. The General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) The General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) is a three-year […]

Tautoko Rural initiative boosts support for rural practices and hospitals through COVID-19

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s new Tautoko Rural initiative will provide rural practices and community owned rural hospitals with support to conquer COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities. With the peak of the Omicron outbreak at our doorsteps, rural general practices and hospitals are at risk of closure or having to significantly reduce services […]

Rural placement gives Julia a new appreciation for rural life

From vaccinating over 300 people to skiing every weekend, Julia Kerr had an extraordinary time during her rural placement in Otago. Julia, a sixth-year medical student from the University of Otago, finished a 12-week rural placement in November 2021 split between Wakatipu Medical Centre in Queenstown and Dunstan Hospital in Clyde, where she discovered a […]

Three Year Rural Health Plan

The health reforms are progressing steadily towards implementation of the Pae Ora legislation on 1 July this year. Concurrently the interim Health NZ staff are creating an Interim NZ Health Plan which will have a 2 – 3 year horizon. We have been working relentlessly to ensure that there is a section of that health plan […]

Former NZRGPN Board student rep receives prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (Network) is thrilled to hear that former Board student representative Dr Ben Alsop-ten Hove has received the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. This postgraduate award will support Ben to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where he will join a cohort of more than 100 Rhodes […]

COVID-19 Updates November 2021

Read about the latest COVID-19 announcements below. You can also find more information and resources on the Ministry of Health website here. COVID-19 vaccine booster The Government announced that people will be able to access a Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose from Monday 29 November. COVID Vaccination Technical Advisory Group advises that current evidence shows that […]