Dunstan Hospital Medical Officer and Rural Hospital Doctor, Garry Nixon, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year's Queen’s Birthday Honours. Dr Nixon has been a Medical Officer and Rural Hospital Doctor at Dunstan Hospital in Central Otago since 1992 and has been instrumental in increasing health service accessibility in the region.
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)
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.”
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman recently released the revised New Zealand Health Strategy Future Direction (2016) which focuses on five themes: people-powered, closer to home, value and high performance, one team and smart system.
The second tier of the strategy is a “Road Map of Actions” and identifies the actions needed over the next five years to make the 10-year strategy happen.
The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback from the Primary Care sector during the initial phase of the Review of Adult Palliative Care Services.
The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network and the 2016 conference organising committee wish to thank all those who took part in, and contributed to, a hugely successful national rural health conference in Dunedin from March 30 to April 3.
In what was the best attended conference to date, 530 delegates overall registered for the event, and there were 49 exhibitors on site. A big thank you must go to all exhibitors and sponsors and especially to Medtech, the conference's major sponsorship partner. Thanks also to the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and Sanofi for their sponsorship and other support for the conference and the Network.
Huge thanks to the wonderful keynote and concurrent sessions presenters throughout the conference.
Many keynote sessions were at, or close to capacity – with 400 in attendance per session – and concurrent sessions had on average between 30 and 40 people attending per session. Keynote and concurrent session Power Point presentations from the conference are now available online. Follow the LINK to view the presentations.
More than 160 people attended the gala dinner held at the Otago Settlers Museum, and the wine and art auction at the dinner raised $22,000 for the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust.
To view photos from the gala dinner and awards night click HERE.
The conference was held in association with the New Zealand Rural Hospital Network and RHAANZ.
The Heart Foundation along with partners, HPA, Allied Health and PHO Alliance are collaborating to facilitate a free Primary Care Symposium in August in Wellington.
This is the third year this symposium has been held and this year the aim is for more consumer focused content. The format will be slightly different from previous years with an intent to have time for more interactive engaging discussion. The objective is to bring together PHOs, DHBs, NGOs and champions within PHC to share innovative prevention initiatives within primary care.
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.
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Dr Tim Malloy discusses his recent quad bike accident.