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  • Exciting opportunity to lead a new era in PRIME

    Date published
    11 Aug 2017

    Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to chair the new National PRIME committee?
    The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (the Network) is seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced and motivated PRIME clinicians New Zealand-wide to chair this newly-formed committee. This is an exciting and challenging role resulting from a year-long review of the PRIME service and is the first step in implementing the review’s recommendations. As a key member of the PRIME review steering group the Network has been tasked with leading the search for a PRIME clinician with the right skill set to be chair. If you’re up for the challenge we’d like to hear from you.

  • 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”.

  • Conference 2018 abstracts

    Date published
    30 Jun 2017

    The call for abstracts is now open for the Network’s 2018 national rural health conference. Auckland will host the 2018 event, the venue is the Pullman Hotel and the dates are April 5 to 8. Abstract submissions close on August 31, 2017 and author acceptance notification is on September 15, 2017. Abstracts can be submitted by clicking HERE.

  • Conference 2018 venue and dates announced

    Date published
    16 Jun 2017

    Auckland will host the Network’s 2018 national rural health conference. The venue is the Pullman Hotel and the dates are April 5 to 8.
    “We try and keep the dates about the same year to year, so it’s a regular fixture on the calendar and people can reliably lock it in to their busy year,” says Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.


  • Rural health conference sessions now online

    start date - end date:
    11 Apr 2017 - 1 Sep 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 Winter issue - OUT NOW

In this issue:

- Looking back over a distinguished career

- Students discuss their burning issues

- Rural health photo competition

- Island Nurses - a review

- The Budget

- Kiwi-Japanese rural health connection

- Conference 2018 venue and dates

- Columns from the Chair and Chief Executive


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PRIME Committee chair wanted - is ths you? (322 KB)


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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.