Research and studies

Geographic Classification for Health (GCH): Developing a new rural-urban classification for NZ health research and policy. Your feedback is sought

The aim of this research project is to develop a ‘fit for health purpose’ rural-urban classification for analysis of health data (at national and local levels), and to use it with key national data collections to determine the magnitude of urban-rural health disparities in health outcomes and access to health services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Feedback from stakeholders is an important aspect of this project. It is essential that the GCH groups together communities that are similar with respect to health services. It needs to ‘makes sense on the ground’ to NZ’s rural health stakeholders. It also needs to meet the analytical needs of NZs health research community.

If you have an interest in rural health, health research or health policy, and interested in providing feedback on the proposed Geographic Classification for Health, we would like to hear from you.

Please feel free to contact via email.


Comparison of non-absorbable sutures versus absorbable sutures for Skin Surgery: An opportunity to take part in an international service evaluation study

CANVAS uses a ‘collaborative’ research model, which takes professionally crowd-sourced data, with participants being the rural trainees, doctors and nurses.

Participant benefits include:

  • a citable, published paper next to their name.
  • learning research skills.
  • being part of a research network.

This is particularly relevant to trainees who have a compulsory research component in their program.


– FOR: any NZ rural GP fellow or trainee or rural Nurse.
– AIM: to get opinions on skin suture choice as part of a collaborative study.
– TIME: Takes 3-7 minutes, depending on answers.
– DEADLINE: Closes end of Jan 2021.
– INCENTIVE: If interested, join the full study to get PubMed cited.

Disclaimer: Sharing of this survey opportunity does not constitute endorsement of the project by NZRGPN. We have not verified any required ethics or approval or similar. Participants are advised to read the background information prior to taking part.