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.


Recruiting for Professional Practice Fellow – Rural Health

Friday, November 25th, 2022 | claly44p | No Comments

The Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, invites applications for the part time (0.3 FTE) position of Southland/Central Otago Regional Convenor (Senior Professional Practice Fellow) to join their Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP) team.

We also welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates seeking a more formal academic role at Senior Lecturer level (teaching, research and programme development). This is part time position (0.5 FTE) with additional duties including a leadership role in the RMIP programme, contributing to research as well as community and university service.

Closing date is Sunday 18 December 2022

For further details & application click here

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 bailey.mclean@otago.ac.nz

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.”


Teaching Opportunies | Rural Health

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

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We are seeking to make appointments for Paper Conveners within the Rural Health post-graduate team.

We have several positions available, and we are open to making these appointments at any level from Professional Practice Fellow to Senior Lecturer level.

There is flexibility to undertake the work from anywhere in NZ, combining it with rural clinical work.

These roles would best suit those who have completed the Diploma of Rural and Provincial Hospital Medicine (or equivalent) and are currently working (or have prior experience) in a senior medical position in rural New Zealand.

We welcome applications for both fixed-term and permanent positions.

The roles are part-time in the range of 0.1 to 0.5 FTE.

Applications close on Monday, 25 April 2022.


Email:  hr.advertising@otago.ac.nz
Name: Recruitment
Website: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=2200568

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

Rural postgraduate programme – position(s) available

Monday, August 2nd, 2021 | Rory | No Comments

Further information and application available here:

We want you


Who we are

The Department of General Practice and Rural Health is an academic unit within Otago Medical School. It was the first university department of general practice in New Zealand and is one of the oldest in the world.

Staff in this department come from a wide variety of disciplines and are involved in teaching and research in the fields of general practice and primary care.

We teach undergraduate medical students and have an active postgraduate programme which offers diploma, masters, and PhD opportunities.

The role

The rural post-graduate programme is seeking a Professional Practice Fellow to join its teaching team. In this role, you will assist with convening papers and residential workshops, as well as assisting with the continued development of the programme.

It would be an opportunity to see if you are interested in being more involved in rural health teaching. We are a distributed team so this role can be undertaken from anywhere in New Zealand.

Your skills and experience

•    Effective communication skills.
•    Understanding of the rural health setting and the associated training programme.
•    Be able to demonstrate sound leadership skills.
•    Previous experience in teaching at a tertiary level.

Further details

This is a part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed term position, from August to December 2021.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

For further information, please contact Rory Miller or Garry Nixon via the email addresses below.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2101464 will close on Wednesday, 11 August 2021.

Additional Information

Note: As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.

Contact: Rory Miller

Contact: Garry Nixon