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  • Single crewing to end - what about rural?

    Date published
    16 May 2017

    A $59 million funding injection for existing road ambulance services is a win but questions remain for areas without ambulance services, says Rural General Practice Network chair Sharon Hansen.

  • Navilluso recognised for hi-tech healt

    Date published
    16 May 2017

    One of New Zealand’s leading Maori health companies, Navilluso, has again been recognised for its enormous work helping people’s health all over New Zealand. (Scoop)

  • Kaikoura GPs Peter Snow Award recipients

    Date published
    4 Apr 2017

    The 2017 Peter Snow Memorial Award has gone to Kaikoura GPs Dr Chris Henry and Dr Andrea Judd (pictured). The award was announced at a ceremony at the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s annual conference in Wellington on Friday, March 31. The pair were presented with the award by last year’s recipients Dr Ivan and Leonie Howie, both rural general practitioners on Great Barrier Island.

     

  • School of Rural Health a timely initiative

    Date published
    21 Mar 2017

    The announcement by Otago and Auckland universities for a proposed School of Rural Health couldn’t be better timed and if implemented will underpin the rural health workforce for the medium to long term future, says New Zealand Rural General Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen.

     


    “A well trained primary health care workforce has never been so important. With the rural sector particularly suffering inequity of access to general practice, it is a timely move,” says Ms Hansen.

  • Water quality at heart of healthy communities

    Date published
    23 Feb 2017

    The quality of New Zealand’s waterways and drinking water cannot be compromised and the health and wellbeing of people in rural communities must not be put at risk, even in the short term, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chairperson Sharon Hansen.

  • 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.

     


     

  • Palliative care review feedback sought

    Date published
    11 Feb 2016

    The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback from the Primary Care sector during the initial phase of the Review of Adult Palliative Care Services. 

  • SuperSeniors website launched

    Date published
    21 Sep 2015

    The new SuperSeniors website was launched recently by Prime Minister John Key and Minister for Senior Citizens Maggie Barry. The website is designed to be a gateway for older New Zealanders and a place where seniors can access information they will find useful, relevant and enjoyable. It will have a whole host of information from getting out and about, cooking, health and wellbeing, to planning where you want to live. 

  • Extended regional air service a good start

    Date published
    31 Aug 2015

    Today's announcement that Jetstar will offer four extra regional destinations to its New Zealand routes and the suggestion that more will likely be added is positive news for regional and rural communities, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chief executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Rural GP receives Eric Elder award

    Date published
    7 Aug 2015

    Kawhia GP Dr John Burton was awarded the Eric Elder Memorial Medal at the College of GPs 2015 conference in Hamilton recently. The honour was bestowed on the long-time rural GP and Network member after he and his Kawhia Health Centre team received a standing ovation for their practice model of care presentation, which included their work as a teaching practice.