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  • Proposed Medical School sets new direction

    Date published
    18 Oct 2016

    The concept of training medical students from rural backgrounds in rural communities to work in those communities, as proposed by The University of Waikato, is a huge shot in the arm for the sector, says the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network. 

  • Is there a doctor in the house?

    Date published
    18 Oct 2016

    Long-time Wairoa GP Ron Janes will be an ambassador for New Zealand rural general practice alongside NZLocums recruiters at the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver in early November.

    Dr Janes (pictured) is a Canadian-trained GP who has lived in New Zealand since 1991 and has been active and influential in the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network since then.  


  • NP training funding announcement

    Date published
    27 Sep 2016

    The University of Auckland School of Nursing is pleased to announce that it is expecting another round of special HWNZ funding to be granted for the NP Training Programme 2017. The contract details for this are yet to be finalised, however they expect it to be a similar format to 2016.

  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • 2017 Conference website goes live

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


    The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s national rural health conference 2017 website is now live – outlining the academic programme, accommodation options and social events. Follow the LINK to access the website.


    Please note that some programme content is subject to final confirmation of topics and speakers. Registration will go live early next week.


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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Proposed Med school sets new direction (308 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.