Register now for Conference 2019!

WHAT: NZRGPN National Rural Health Conference WHERE: Marlborough Convention Centre/ASB Theatre, Blenheim WHEN: April 4 – 7, 2019 Registration is now open for next year’s National Rural Health Conference to be held at the Marlborough Convention Centre and ASB Theatre from April 4 – 7. The conference will feature workshops, concurrent sessions and eight keynote […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and sees the Lung Foundation New Zealand launch two resources: “Lung Cancer Patient Toolkit” and Lung Cancer BREATHE poster “Know your symptoms”. The Lung Cancer Patient Toolkit has been developed to empower patients and carers to navigate their cancer journey and make informed treatment decisions. The patient resources were developed […]

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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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