Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced the third and final agreement in principle has been reached for new air ambulance services that will be safer, better and firmly focused on patients. The southern region agreement has now been signed with new provider Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited (HEMS). This follows earlier announcements […]Read more
Applications are now open for the 2019 Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course (RiSC), a University of Otago Rural Postgraduate Programme to be held at the Ashburton Simulation Centre, May 13-15 and October 21-23. RiSC is a course run by the University of Otago Rural Postgraduate Programme designed specifically for interprofessional rural hospital teams in New Zealand. […]Read more
Being young, male, Māori and living in rural Northland could be a prescription for mental illness, according to recent statistics and commentary. (Otago Daily Times) Northland general practitioner and medical innovator Dr Lance O’Sullivan has spoken out about what he calls ”an epidemic of mental illness”, especially in rural areas. O’Sullivan did not refer to […]Read more
Health Minister David Clark says we must recognise the importance of New Zealanders connecting and reflecting with whānau, family and friends, ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). “During Mental Health Awareness Week (8 – 14 October 2018), I’m emphasising how we can all recognise and support mental health. The Government is committed to improving […]Read more
Air ambulance changes will strengthen service Health Minister Dr David Clark says a second agreement in principle for air ambulance services covering the North Island south of Auckland is a key part of an improved national service. The Ministry of Health and ACC are in the final stages of agreeing a four-year contract with an […]Read more
Do you know of a medical or nursing colleague in rural health deserving of this accolade? Nominations are now open for the annual Peter Snow Memorial Award to be announced at the Network’s 2019 conference in Blenheim, April 4-7. The award was set up to honour the life and work of Dr Peter Snow who […]Read more
The Rural Connectivity Group has identified 27 proposed sites in the district under the Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2 (RBI2) and/or the Mobile Black Spots (MBS) programme. Connectivity group engagement manager Caitlin Metz, of Auckland, told Tasman district councillors the team was in the process of finalising its build partners and equipment suppliers. Read more.Read more
The National PRIME Committee met recently to discuss progress being made with the PRIME service improvement plan, borne out of recommendations from the 2017 PRIME review. PRIME funding, administration, clinical governance, training and syllabus and equipment kits and medicines are included in the review. The committee, chaired by Dr Tim Malloy, includes representatives from St […]Read more
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.Read more