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  • Jean adds a doctorate to her CV

    Date published
    1 Dec 2016

    Nurse, educator and long-time New Zealand Rural General Practice Network member, Jean Ross, has added a doctorate to her curriculum vitae. She recently had her PhD, which focused on the delivery of rural health care and nursing practice, accepted by the University of Otago.



  • Practice ownership key in looming GP shortage

    Date published
    2 Nov 2016

    The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network is applauding the publication of a “Practice Ownership Resource” by the Royal New Zealand College of GPs.

    “With rural general practice ownership now becoming more diverse and with a looming GP retirement bubble, other members of the rural general practice team will benefit from the valuable insights and information that the resource offers,” says NZRGPN Chairperson Sharon Hansen, who was at the official launch in Wellington on November 2.  

  • 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. 

  • 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. 


  • 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)


  • 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.

  • 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 and to register. (Please note that some programme content is subject to final confirmation of topics and speakers.)

    The conference theme is “Healthy Rural Communities – Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora, Wai Ora” and the TSB Arena-Shed 6 complex on the Wellington waterfront is the venue. The dates are March 30 to April 2.


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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.