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Enhanced air ambulance service for the South

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 […]

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RiSC applications now open

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. […]

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Rural, Maori mental health stats grim

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 […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week – a time to connect and reflect

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 […]

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Air ambulance changes

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 […]

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Good progress being made on PRIME service improvement plan

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 […]

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Kim Gosman named Health Volunteer of the Year

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”.

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Tourist Tax must address more than toilets

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.

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