Survival mode: Why some rural emergency services are under threat

Rural GPs and nurses are thin on the ground and the pressure on those trying to provide life saving emergency help is even more evident over the summer. RNZ’s Otago/Southland reporter, Tess Brunton explores if they can continue as demand rises. Listen to the audio:  

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Have you registered for conference 2019?

WHAT: NZRGPN National Rural Health Conference WHERE: Marlborough Convention Centre/ASB Theatre, Blenheim WHEN: April 4 – 7, 2019 Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s National Rural Health Conference in Blenheim from April 4-7. Come along and enjoy the CME, collegiality and Marlborough hospitality. The conference will […]

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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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