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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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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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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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