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  • Key information about hepatitis C treatments

    Date published
    20 Sep 2016

    From October 1, 2016, all prescribers including general practitioners will be able to prescribe Viekira Pak and Viekira Pak-RBV. 

    This is the first time general practice will have funded access to these medicines and is a fundamental change in in the treatment of hepatitis C in primary care. 


  • PRIME services review update

    Date published
    6 Sep 2016

    Earlier this year, the National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO), on behalf of Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the Ministry of Health, asked for formal feedback on the PRIME (Primary Response in Medical Emergencies) service. 

  • Mild winter greets adventurous orientation group

    Date published
    13 Jul 2016

    Four overseas doctors who attended NZLocums three-day July orientation course, originally booked their trips thinking they would plunge from a northern hemisphere summer into a snowy southern hemisphere winter. Instead they were greeted by unseasonably mild Wellington weather.

  • RN prescribing a reality

    Date published
    13 Jul 2016

    The first registered nurse prescriber could be signing their first script on September 20 when long-awaited RN prescribing regulations come into force. (Nursing Review)

  • Patient portals for rural GPs

    Date published
    13 May 2016

    The first patient portals were introduced in New Zealand in early 2014. Portals offer patients the ability to interact and communicate with their general practice health care team online. Portals make a lot of sense for rural GPs or GPs based in larger centres who have a number of patients who live rurally. (Source: Health IT Engagement, Technology and Digital Services, Ministry of Health)


  • Peter Snow Memorial Award 2017

    start date - end date:
    19 Aug 2016 - 29 Jan 2017
    Rural NZ

    Do you know of a medical or nursing colleague in rural health worthy of this accolade?
    Nominations are now open for the annual Peter Snow Memorial Award to be announced at the Network’s 2017 conference in Wellington, March 30 – April 2.
    The award was set up to honour the life and work of Dr Peter Snow who passed away in March 2006. Dr Snow was a rural general practitioner based in Tapanui. For more information, nomination guidelines or to nominate someone click HERE.

  • Bluff to Cape Reinga Arthritis NZ fundraiser

    start date - end date:
    12 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016

    Epic Arthritis NZ fundraiser walk by Otago nursing student – can you assist?

    Second-year Otago Polytechnic nursing student and incoming New Zealand Rural General Practice Network student representative Kazushi Noiri, aka Kaz, is embarking on a 66-day walk - the length of New Zealand - to raise funds for Arthritis NZ. The 29 year-old is likely to be passing through your town or one nearby during the epic trek, which begins on October 12 in Bluff and is scheduled to finish on December 16 at Tapotupotu, Cape Reinga.


  • National Rural Health Conference 2017

    start date - end date:
    30 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017
    TSB Arena, Wellington


    The Capital’s TSB Arena-Shed 6 conference centre will host the Network’s 2017 conference.
    This follows a hugely successful event in Dunedin earlier this year and the conference’s scheduled return to the North Island every second year.
    The decision to select Wellington as the preferred venue – Auckland and Rotorua were also considered – was made because of Wellington’s central location, ease of flights in and out, ample hotel accommodation within walking distance to the venue, and its close proximity to government.


Network News Spring 2016


Island life - a glimpse of general practice on Great Barrier Island


PRIME services review - an update


Conference 2017 - mark your calendar


JK "my journey through depression"


Effective investment planning


And much more


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Alliancing update

Chris Farrelly, Rose Lightfoot and Sam Bartrum discuss Rural SLATs in Northland.

See also Auckland Waitemata Alliance Summary Report and Appendices.