Regional Rural Health Commissioning role vacancy

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 | claly44p | No Comments

Te Whatu Ora is currently advertising for a Principal Service Development Manager in the Rural Health Commissioning team, for Te Waipounamu
Find the job listing here with more information and job description.
Note, applicants can be based anywhere in Te Waipounamu.

National rural health conference – abstracts close 31 October 2023

Saturday, October 21st, 2023 | Rory | No Comments

repost from National rural health conference

We have just under 2 weeks left until the National Rural Health Conference

call for abstract’s submission closes!

This conference follows the success of our inaugural event as Hauora Taiwhenua in September 2022 and presents a pivotal opportunity to connect, share knowledge, and shape the future of New Zealand’s rural healthcare landscape.

The conference, taking place in Te Whanganui-a-Tara on April 5-6, 2024, will be exploring the themes of

tūhononga | connection,

ranga wairua |inspiration,

mātauranga | knowledge,

and tupuranga | growth.


We welcome abstracts for the following presentation types:

  • Oral – 20-minute presentations + five (5) Q&A.
  • Posters – Posters will be displayed in the exhibition and catering area on electronic screens.
  • Lightning talks – a short presentation for five (5) minutes. The goal of a lightning talk is to articulate a topic in a quick, insightful, and clear manner. These concise and efficient talks are intended to grab the attention of the audience and to convey key information.
  • Workshops – presented on Thursday 4 April.


Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to the rural healthcare discourse and be a part of the transformation.

Submit your abstract by clicking on the link below.

Submit your abstract!

RNZCGP Awards for 2023 – Strong Rural representation

Thursday, July 27th, 2023 | claly44p | No Comments

Congratulations to all our rural health champions receiving awards at GP23.

Dr Janine Lander – James Reid Award for her excellence in relation to education in rural health

Dr Greville Wood – Eric Elder Medal for exemplifying quality and commitment to teaching.

Dr Jo Scott Jones – Distinguished Fellowship

Dr Verne Smith – Community Service Medal

Prof Tim Stokes – President’s Service Medal



See here full list of award winners

Rural Health Strategy

Friday, July 21st, 2023 | claly44p | No Comments

The Rural Health Strategy was published by the Ministry of Health on 12 July 2023. Rural Health Strategy | Ministry of Health NZ The Rural Health Strategy has been released with the suite including the other five health strategies mandated under the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022: New Zealand Health Strategy, Hauora Māori Strategy, Pacific Health Strategy, Health of Disabled People Strategy, and Women’s Health Strategy.

The Rural Health Strategy was developed with support and engagement from people within the health sector and key stakeholders within rural communities.

The Rural Health Strategy sets the direction for improving the health and wellbeing of rural communities over the next 10 years, through five priorities. The strategy also provides context around the wider determinants in rural communities and an initial assessment of rural health outcomes. There are still many gaps around reporting and monitoring outcomes for rural communities for health agencies to work on further.  Any queries related to the Rural Health Strategy, or the other strategies, can be made to the Ministry of Health:

The Health and Independence Report 2022 has also been published by the Ministry of Health, as supporting material for the health strategies. Health and Independence Report 2022 | Ministry of Health NZ

The data released with this report includes data for some rural breakdowns using the Geographic Classification for Health. The user-friendly version for downloading the data appendix is published here: GitHub – minhealthnz/health-and-independence-report: Supplementary and supporting data for the Health and Independence Report

The data appendix includes some data for rural communities from the New Zealand Health Survey (from 2021/22, with some back to 2013/14), Mortality rates, percentages not enrolled in primary care, median drive times to enrolled practices and enrolment in practices within the Very Low Cost Access Scheme.

Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Student Research Scholarships and BNZ Rural Development Scholarship.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 | claly44p | No Comments

Can you help spread the news?

Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network is pleased to announce the availability of three $5,000 Rural Student Research Scholarships for the 2023/24 year.

Two of the Scholarships are open to any health students to support a 12-week elective/studentship, and/or research placement within a rural community of the student’s choice. A BNZ Rural Development scholarship is available to any year two and above Medical Student for the same period.

Previous examples of research include 2022 recipient of one of the research scholarships, Krystyna Glavinovic, a second-year medical student from the University of Auckland. Krystyna conducted a research project titled: Understandings and experiences of climate change in rural general practices in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Supervised by Dr Kyle Eggleton of the University of Auckland and A/Prof Alex Macmillan of the University of Otago, Krystyna undertook the study to determine the understandings, experiences and sense of preparedness of rural general practice staff in Aotearoa-New Zealand with respect to climate change and associated adverse weather events.

In 2023, Samantha Menzies, fourth-year medical student at Tauranga Hospital, was the recipient of the BNZ Rural Development Scholarship. She has since been conducting a research project with Dr Kyle Eggleton.

“Our project was a rapid review of the available literature about rural healthcare ethics. It is the first research paper to describe rural doctors’ unique ethical challenges compared to urban doctors. It is currently awaiting a peer review and is informing the development of a teaching resource about medical ethics for medical students.”

She continued to describe how “the scholarship has allowed me to explore my newfound interest in rural medicine. I got to ‘deep dive’ into the literature and have in-depth but causal discussions with Dr Kyle about the reality (both the highs and lows) of being a rural doctor, so thank you Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network and BNZ for this opportunity”.

As both examples of previous projects indicate, the successful applicants are expected to write up the results of any research and attempt to get this published. In addition, the student is expected to provide an abstract for presentation at the National Rural Health Conference or comparable health conference.

Students wishing to apply should complete the attached application form and return to Hauora Taiwhenua by 1st August 2023.

Rural Student Research Scholarships and BNZ Rural Development Scholarship[10]

Time to take a bow, Professor!

Friday, December 16th, 2022 | claly44p | No Comments

Congratulations to Professor Garry Nixon on his well-deserved promotion! We are proud of the Prof’s achievements! An awesome clinician, researcher and leader as well as an all round good bloke!

Garry continues to live and practice as a rural doctor in the same Central Otago community he has always worked in.

His research focuses on health outcomes and improving health services for rural communities like his own. His earlier research centred on point-of-care diagnostic technologies, including ultrasound and laboratory testing, examining their safety and impact on patient care.

In more recent times he has led a team of researchers who have developed and validated a new urban rural classification for health and are using it to compare urban and rural health outcomes and access to services.

He has collaborated closely with rural researchers in other parts of the country including the Far North and Waikato.

He has PhD students researching rural chest pain assessment pathways, the scopes of practice of rural allied health professionals, healthcare consumption across the urban rural spectrum and the workforce outcomes of rural interventions in the undergraduate medical programme.


Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Sue Crengle

Thursday, August 18th, 2022 | claly44p | No Comments

Hauora Māori – an ongoing journey

Sue Crengle (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) is a GP and Public Health Physician.

Sue’s research focuses on Māori health equity and inequities in health status and health outcomes. She has a particular interest in health services research (especially primary care), youth health and mental health.

Sue uses Kaupapa Māori quantitative and qualitative methods and has had an increasing focus on trialling interventions to assess their impact on Hauora Māori outcomes.

This event will be live-streamed, from 5:25pm Tuesday 23 August 2022, and will be available after the event here.

Professor Sue Crengle’s IPL video stream

Date Tuesday, 23 August 2022
Time 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff,Alumni
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Campus Dunedin
Location Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union St East, Dunedin, Dunedin
Cost Free
Contact Name Bailey Mclean
Contact Phone +64 3 471 6113
Contact Email

Congratulations to Rural Health Researchers!

Friday, July 1st, 2022 | claly44p | No Comments

Our shining stars, Dr Rory Miller and Assoc Prof Garry Nixon are among 22 University of Otago researchers to receive Health Research Council funding in the latest round.  Check out the full report. – well worth it for the photos! 

Awesome to see rural health research being supported!

“Dr Rory Miller, of the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, will assess a pathway to allow patients who develop chest pain to remain closer to their communities and whanau by accessing blood testing technology which is as accurate as those available in urban emergency departments.”

“Associate Professor Garry Nixon, of the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, is seeking to better understand the impact of rurality on health outcomes and healthcare delivery.  Aotearoa has not undertaken much research into the health status of rural communities, so he wants to find out how rurality, ethnicity and socioeconomic status interact to impact on health outcomes and access to health services for New Zealanders, how people move between urban and rural areas when they become unwell, and how much public healthcare rural New Zealanders consume, in dollar terms, compared to their urban compatriots.”


Congratulations! Eric Elder Medal winner; Honorary and distinguished fellows;

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 | Rory | 1 Comment

Congratulations to the three members of the Section received wards at the RNZCGP conference.  Kati Blattner who was awarded the Eric Elder medal, Branko Sijnja was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship, Jill Muirhead and Wendy Finnie were awarded Honorary Fellowships.

Kati winning Eric Elder Medal


Branko the distinguished.

Jill and Wendy receiving their fellowships