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  • Fame, funding and feet on the ground - PRIME

    Date published
    26 Apr 2018

    PRIME GPs and nurses want the public to know they play a crucial part in the country’s emergency services. (NZ Doctor – log-in required)
    A PRIME discussion panel held at the recent National Rural Health Conference was able to report some wins for the scheme but funding, a shortage of volunteers and a lack of public understanding of the role of PRIME practitioners were identified as key problems.

  • New faces on the Network Board

    Date published
    12 Apr 2018

    Three new rural practitioners were welcomed to the Network Board during its AGM and election at the 2018 conference. The Board reluctantly farewelled Nurse Practitioner and Pleasant Point practice owner Tania Kemp (pictured), who had served three terms. She is succeeded by South Westland-based Rural Nurse Specialist Gemma Hutton. Nurse Practitioner Rhoena Davis also comes onto the Board along with South Island Nurse and Chairperson of Rural Nurses New Zealand, Rhonda Johnson, who was co-opted onto the Board. Rose Lightfoot is now the Network’s consumer representative on the Board.




  • Te Kuiti GP wins 2018 Peter Snow Award

    Date published
    9 Apr 2018

    Long-serving Te Kuiti GP Dr Keith Buswell is the recipient of the 2018 Peter Snow Memorial Award. The accolade was announced at a ceremony at the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s annual conference in Auckland on April 7. Dr Buswell has been a rural GP in Te Kuiti for more than 30 years and was presented with the award by last year’s recipients Dr Chris Henry and Dr Andrea Judd, both from Kaikoura. Pictured left to right are Dr Judd, Dr Buswell and Dr Henry.


  • Network eyes stronger rural nurse representation

    Date published
    9 Apr 2018

    Fourteen rural nurses and nurse academics from around New Zealand gathered in Wellington recently to discuss ways to better support and represent nurses in the rural sector.

  • Briefing Paper to the Minister of Health

    Date published
    29 Mar 2018

    Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen and Chief Executive Dalton Kelly presented a briefing paper to the Minister of Health, Dr David Clark, at Parliament on March 28. To read the paper click HERE.



  • Conference 2018 concurrent sessions

    start date - end date:
    5 Apr 2018 - 8 Apr 2018
    Pullman Hotel, Auckland

    To view the presentations from concurrent sessions during the Network's recent National Rural Health Conference click on the conference logo below.




    To see interviews with keynote presenters at the conference click on the Mobile Health icon below:


  • Conference 2018 – an ‘outstanding success’

    start date - end date:
    5 Apr 2018 - 9 Apr 2018
    The Pullman Hotel, Auckland

    More than 480 delegates attended the Network’s conference in Auckland this month, an event Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen describes an “outstanding success”.
    “We had four days of compelling speakers, topics, research, forums and social events. We hosted the Minister of Health Dr David Clark, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles, Australian rural and remote rural health research expert Professor John Wakerman, leading representatives from Otago, Auckland and Waikato Universities who discussed the proposals for a new school of rural health/medicine, our very own dynamic Great Barrier Island nurses and authors Leonie Howie and Adele Robertson, and we heard the latest from the National PRIME committee headed by Dr Tim Malloy.
    “The gala dinner and awards night was a glittering affair and the whole conference was ably guided by MC extraordinaire Adrian Te Patu.
    “My congratulations to all the award recipients on the night including Dr Keith Buswell who received the Peter Snow Memorial Award and Aotea Health on Great Barrier Island which received the Rural General Practice of the Year Award.”
    Ms Hansen said the exhibition and trade area was also a massive success.
    “The exhibition area was full and fully utilized by delegates during the breaks. The catering was superb and the Pullman Hotel was a fabulous venue. I want to extend my thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s event. I also want to thank the New Zealand Rural Hospital Network, RHAANZ, Mobile Health, the Pat Farry Trust and Conference Innovators for their involvement.”

    To see photos from Welcome Function and Gala Dinner and Awards night, click on the images.




  • Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine course

    start date - end date:
    28 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
    North Shore Hospital, Auckland

    Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine course, from Skin Cancer Symposiums (https://www.skincancersymposiums.com)
    Date: April 28, 2018
    Time: 8.15 am – 5.00 pm.
    Venue: Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skills Centre, North Shore Hospital, Auckland.
    Fundamental Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine course is aimed at beginners in the field of skin cancer. Each registration includes a free digital Dermlite Dermatoscope to help get you started. The main speaker is Professor Cliff Rosendahl from the University of Queensland and the co-author of ‘Chaos and Clues’. This algorithm will provide you with a safe way to decide which lesions can be left and which require excising (this is achieved without needing to diagnose exactly what the lesion is). The algorithm is presented in a simple and easy to follow way with plenty of examples and repetition. Professor Rosendahl is ably joined by Professor Amanda Oakley and the content is relevant to General Practice.


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