New Zealand riverside


  • Pat Farry education trust travelling scholarship

    Date published
    19 Aug 2016

    Applications are now open for the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust 2016/2017 Travelling Scholarship.
    The scholarship assists medical students to travel internationally to a rural situation to observe new concepts, develop their own skills and share their learning with other students when they return.
    The trust considers applications for two scholarships; the annual Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust Travelling Scholarship and the biennial Pat Farry Trust Scholarship. These scholarships, and other scholarships under consideration, are dependent upon funding availability.

  • 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)

  • Tim Malloy resumes College presidency

    Date published
    27 Apr 2016

    Wellsford GP Dr Tim Malloy has resumed his presidency of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
    Dr Mark Peterson has been acting President while Dr Malloy recovered from a serious quad bike accident in late January.
    “I’d like to thank Mark and the Board, as well as College management for all their support during a very difficult time,” said Dr Malloy.
    “Everyone did a great job while I was recuperating and I’m very grateful to be back at work and taking care of business as usual.”


  • 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.

  • 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 Autumn 2016 - out now!

PRIME - a time for change?


Time to change the rhetoric about maternity

Great Barrier Island couple receive Peter Snow Award

They call it student city

And much more ...

To view the digital issue click HERE.






  Gain CME credits on NZLocums Orientation course Read more.

Join the Network


Open your BNZ account

The Network's official banking partner


The Network's health promotion partner

Follow CountryGPs on Twitter


Network News

Summer 2015-16 issue



Previous issues:

Winter 2015 click HERE

Autumn 2015 click HERE

Spring/Summer 2014 click HERE.

Winter 2014 issue click HERE.

Autumn 2014 issue click HERE.

Spring 2014 click HERE.

Rural Networker:

New locums welcomed (233 KB)


New Zealand Office Supplies is the preferred supplier to the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network. Take advantage of Network practice member benefits with New Zealand Office Supplies. Read more.


Alliancing update

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


Dr Tim Malloy discusses his recent quad bike accident.