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  • Tim Malloy to head National PRIME Committee

    Date published
    18 Oct 2017

    Rural GP and Royal New Zealand College of GPs president Dr Tim Malloy has been appointed chairperson of the newly created PRIME National Committee.
    Following a year-long review of the Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service, one of the key recommendations was to establish a national committee to oversee the service. The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network was tasked with finding an experienced PRIME clinician to chair that committee, said Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Date published
    12 Oct 2017

    NATURE IS KEY: NZRGPN and NZLocums staff took a break from the office on October 10 as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week “Lock out” with a coffee break in Wellington’s Botanic Garden. A short uphill walk over the urban motorway and through the historic Bolton Street cemetery, the gardens provided the perfect setting for staff to “unlock their wellbeing” amongst nature. The weather turned on a bright face for the occasion which was repeated nationwide throughout the week.
    Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly said the outing was a chance for staff to “get some fresh air, have a coffee and a chat together and unwind”.

    “We wandered through the old cemetery on the way back to our Terrace office; the combination of the fresh air and light exercise really takes you out of the work situation long enough to clear your mind. It’s something I will be encouraging staff to do collectively more often.”


  • Health inequities remain despite funding boost

    Date published
    22 Aug 2017

    The announcement that an additional 600,000 low income New Zealanders will have the cost of their GP visit capped at $18 is welcome news, however other longstanding health inequities that affect rural people still need to be addressed, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Collaboration key to addressing rural workforce

    Date published
    10 Aug 2017

    The call for a nationally focussed, multidisciplinary approach to training rural health professionals is a sensible way to address the longer term health needs of rural communities, says the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network. 

  • Review heralds new era for rural PRIME service

    Date published
    14 Jul 2017

    A wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service has been successfully completed and work will soon begin to implement its recommendations, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.
    “After a very professional and totally comprehensive, year-long process involving numerous stakeholders, the review outcomes have been accepted and we can now get on with the work plan. It will be great to work with our colleagues including St John and NASO during the next phase.”
    The review has been “a major piece of work and those involved have done a fantastic job”.


  • Rural health conference sessions now online

    start date - end date:
    11 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017

    You can now access the keynote and concurrent session presentations from the recent NZRGPN national rural health coneference in Wellington. Click on the conference logo below.



    You can also watch interviews with session speakers at the conference, courtesy of Mobile Health. Click on the logo below.



    To view conference photos follow the links: Option 1 or Option 2

  • Peter Snow Award

    start date - end date:
    30 May 2017 - 1 Feb 2018

    Nominations for the 2018 Peter Snow Memorial Award will be open from June 30, 2017.

  • Safe Hands, Safe Plans workshops

    start date - end date:
    2 Aug 2017 - 29 Dec 2017

    Managing suicide risk and mental health crisis in rural New Zealand

    Under their Rural Mental Health Initiative contract with the Ministry of Health, the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ (RHĀNZ) will provide twenty Safe Hands Safe Plans workshops in rural communities over the next year. They are offered free of charge to all participants.
    We will work with RHĀNZ Clinical Champions and local health or social service providers to offer the workshops according to the needs of each community.
    The Network is a foundation member of RHĀNZ.

Network News Spring issue - OUT NOW

In this issue:

- Stroke - professionals aren't exempt!

- Students discuss their burning issues

- PRIME review update

- HPA - immunisation videos

- Housing for young doctors

- NRHAG update

- Conference 2018 update

- Columns from the Chair and Chief Executive


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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.