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 speakers across three days concluding with a Members’ political and breakfast forum on the morning of the fourth day. A Gala Dinner and Awards Night, Welcome Function and several other dinners will again be features of the conference. To view the programme and register follow this LINK.
CME accreditation will be notified when approved by the Royal New Zealand College of GPs.
A comprehensive trade and exhibition space will give delegates the opportunity to engage with industry representatives during the breaks.
Amongst the exciting and influential keynote speakers headlining the conference are Dr of Psychiatry Hinemoa Elder (Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists) who will speak on “Isolation and connection in rural and remote mental health. An emergency for men”, Dame Tariana Turia (former Maori Party founder/co-leader) who will speak on Maori health and wellbeing in rural NZ, Emeritus Professor Dr Paul Worley (Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner), American remote medicine specialist Michelle Boltz, who will share her experience as Chief of Village Services for the North West Arctic Alaska, working together with the Alaska State Community Health Aide programme providing full spectrum primary care in remote villages across the state. Other keynote sessions will be on Mycoplasma bovis (eradicating Mbovis and managing the impacts on our rural communities, presented by MPI), PRIME (what’s been achieved and where to now following the establishment of the PRIME National Committee in 2017) and future student leaders in rural health, presented by NZRGPN student sub-committee Chair Jibi Kunnethedan and deputy chair Ben Alsop-ten Hove. Also invited to speak at the conference opening is Minister of Health Dr David Clark. The MC will be Adrian Te Patu.
There will be 40 concurrent session covering five streams – medical/nursing, research, student, management and community. Topics include diabetes, prostate cancer, medicines adherence, cvd risk assessment, creating sustainable rural health models, Health Care Homes, depression and anxiety, navigating the immigration pathway, urban versus rural health disparities, Maori use of the health service, and technological innovations for mental health, to name a few.
There will be a day of pre-conference workshops on Thursday, April 4 with topics including nursing, alcohol, infant resuscitation, insulin management, rural hospital medicines update and research presentations.