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  • School of Rural Health a timely initiative

    Date published
    21 Mar 2017

    Today’s (March 21) 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.

  • Calling all health professionals and students!

    Date published
    21 Mar 2017

    We're on the lookout for amazing photographs from around New Zealand on the topic "What does rural health mean to you?"
    Simply post your photo with the hashtag #ruralphotocomp2017 and your discipline, to be in the draw to win.

  • 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.

  • NZRGPN AGM 2017

    Date published
    27 Jan 2017

    The Network’s AGM will be held during its Wellington conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The agenda and supporting papers have been distributed in line with the Network’s Constitution. All members are encouraged to attend the AGM and have their say.  It will be held from 5.15pm to 6.00pm in Rooms 1 and 2 at the TSB Bank Arena. Copies of the NZRGPN's 2016 Annual Report will be available at the venue and later online via the Network's website.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Mental health screening tool developed

    Date published
    23 Jul 2015

    Otago Polytechnic nursing school and students collaborate with rural practice to develop mental health screening tool

    A mental health screening tool for use in rural general practice has been developed by a group of year-two Otago Polytechnic nursing students and their tutors in association with Pleasant Point medical centre.

    The project involved students Olivia Connor, Savanah Brady and Katheryn Campbell while on their clinical primary health care placement at the South Canterbury practice and was supervised by their lecturer Anna Wheeler, the polytechnic’s, principal lecturer Jean Ross and medical centre co-owner and Nurse Practitioner Tania Kemp.