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  • Conference 2018 MC announced

    Date published
    16 Mar 2018

    Introducing Adrian Te Patu



    Adrian has worked in various organisations including government departments and agencies, community organisations, education institutions, hospitals, health providers and Iwi. His experience, knowledge, networks and links are wide-ranging at a local, national and international level.
    Adrian has extensive experience in governance and roles in public health, schools, not for profit, social service agencies, sports clubs and various warranted government and local government roles. Much of his work in recent years has been as a contractor facilitating training in cultural responsiveness and competency for organisations as diverse as Auckland University of Technology, Te R┼źnanga o Ngai Tahu, Environment Canterbury, doctors and staff of Primary Health Organisations, Red Cross NZ and various boards of trustees. Part of his current voluntary work is providing public health strategy advice in his national role as co-vice president of the Public Health Association of New Zealand.

  • National PRIME committee convenes

    Date published
    7 Feb 2018

    The newly-formed National PRIME Committee held its inaugural meeting following a year-long review of the service.
    The committee, chaired by Wellsford GP Dr Tim Malloy, was established in late 2017 following a comprehensive review of the Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service in 2016.
    Held on January 19, the inaugural national committee meeting was attended by representatives from New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, St John (PRIME administrator), ACC, Ministry of Health (NASO), PRIME providers and practitioners (medical and nursing), regional PRIME committee chairs, Emergency Care Co-ordination Teams, Rural Service Level Alliance Teams, RNZCGP and NZCPHCN.

  • Network features on TV1 Breakfast

    Date published
    26 Jan 2018

    Jack Tame interviews Network CE Dalton Kelly on rural GP shortage


  • VBS 2017 review, 2018-19 intake information

    Date published
    1 Dec 2017

    The Minster of Health has confirmed those health professions, communities and specialties that will be eligible for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme in 2018. Full details are on the Ministry’s website and information will also be sent to those completing undergraduate study and commencing general practice training.
    To ensure greater certainty for future applicants, the eligible listed areas for the 2018 intake will also apply for the 2019 intake. Additional professions, communities or specialties may beadded to the 2019 intake at a later date.

  • 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.

  • 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.