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A $10 million under spend in health workforce training coupled with a $2 million top-up to training announced in the Budget, clearly indicates that more incentives could be put into attracting doctors and nurses to hard to staff rural areas, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chairman Dr Jo Scott-Jones.
Rising pressures on farmers and alarming statistics that show depression is a real issue in rural communities has prompted rural organisations to get together to find real solutions.
While a recent review of the Voluntary Bonding Scheme has been welcomed by the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network there are still glaring gaps in its outcomes to be addressed, says Network chairman Dr Jo Scott-Jones.
The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) is responsible for the registration of doctors in New Zealand under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the HPCAA). The principal purpose is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that doctors are competent and fit to practise medicine.
Health Workforce New Zealand has completed a review of the Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS), which offers financial incentives to graduates who work in a community or health specialty that is short staffed.
The 2013 Voluntary Bonding Scheme opens today says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Registration of Interest for the Scheme’s fifth intake (2013) is open for doctors, nurses, midwives, radiation therapists and medical physicists until 24 May.
Expectant mothers will soon have access to the latest in real-time "4D" ultrasound imagery in South Canterbury. (Timaru Herald)
On October 1, 2012 ACC will introduce a new service - Clinical Review of Fitness for Work - to assist GPs who need support when certifying patients' work capacity.
Eighty-six year old Mary Judd makes the trip from her home to a doctor's surgery in Levin every weekday. (Dominion Post)
Angel Flight trust coordinates free air flights to and from hospital appointments for people in isolated New Zealand communities who cannot afford to travel by ordinary commercial means.