Rural health podcast from Wales: the first RHCW Podcast

Monday, August 21st, 2023 | Rory | No Comments

Launch of the first RHCW Podcast!


“Supporting the Health, Care and
Wellbeing of our rural populations – a
quick tour of the Royal Welsh 2023”


We are pleased to confirm that the first RHCW Podcast has now been broadcast and can be listened to either on Spotify or Apple – links to the Spotify episode is below and if you have an Apple device, please search on the Podcast option for “Rural health and Care Wales” where our podcasts will appear. There is also a QR code at the bottom of this message where it can be accessed.


At the moment, the Podcasts are only available in English but we hope to have Welsh versions in the future.


Supporting the health, care and wellbeing of our rural populations – a quick tour of the Royal Welsh 2023


This episode of the monthly Podcasts was recorded at the Royal Welsh show held in Builth Wells, Powys from the 24-27 July 2023. In the Podcast, I chat briefly to the following people regarding a project or initiative they are or have been involved with that impacts the health, care and wellbeing of people living in rural areas of Wales:


  • Jack Evershed, previous Chair of RHCW and now a member of Llais, recalling how RHCW was set up and outlining his new role with Llais
  • Melanie Brindle from Powys County Council talking about their “grow your own” Social Worker programme
  • Natasha Lewis from Adferiad, outlining their mental health and addiction support services
  • Hannah Edwards from Diabetes Cymru explaining how they support people in rural areas that have diabetes
  • Professor Michael Woods from Aberystwyth University explaining a new project he is taking forward with a number of partners that will collate rural data and information and set up innovation labs, working closely with rural communities
  • Gill Rundle from National Federation of Women’s Institutes who explains why they are signing up men to support the “not in my name” campaign
  • Kay Helyar from the DPJ Foundation who outlines the work that the foundation does in supporting the farming community in terms of mental health


We hope you enjoy the discussions, which last around 20 minutes.


Thank you





Lansio Podlediad cyntaf IGGC!


“Cefnogi’r Iechyd, Gofal a Lles ein poblogaethau gwledig – taith cyflym o amgylch y Sioe Frenhinol 2023”


Rydym yn falch o gadarnhau bod podlediad cyntaf IGGC bellach wedi cael ei ddarlledu a gellir gwrando arno naill ai ar Spotify neu Apple – mae dolenni i’r bennod Spotify isod ac os oes gennych ddyfais Apple, chwiliwch ar yr opsiwn Podlediad ar gyfer “Rural Health and Care Wales” lle bydd ein podlediadau yn ymddangos. Mae yna hefyd god QR ar waelod y neges hon lle gellir cael mynediad ato.


Ar hyn o bryd, dim ond yn Saesneg mae’r podlediadau ar gael ond gobeithiwn gael fersiynau Cymraeg yn y dyfodol.


Supporting the health, care and wellbeing of our rural populations – a quick tour of the Royal Welsh 2023


Recordiwyd y bennod hon o’r Podlediadau misol yn y Sioe Frenhinol a gynhaliwyd yn Llanfair-ym-Muallt, Powys rhwng 24-27 Gorffennaf 2023. Yn y Podlediad, rwy’n sgwrsio’n fyr â’r bobl ganlynol ynghylch prosiect neu fenter y maent neu wedi bod yn ymwneud â hi sy’n effeithio ar iechyd, gofal a lles pobl sy’n byw mewn ardaloedd gwledig yng Nghymru:


  • Jack Evershed, cyn Gadeirydd IGGC sydd bellach yn Aelod o Llais, yn son am sut y sefydlwyd IGGC ac amlinellu ei rol newydd gyda Llais
  • Melanie Brindle o Gyngor Sir Powys  yn siarad am eu rhaglen Gweithwyr Cymdeithasol “tyfu eich hun”
  • Natasha Lewis o Adferiad, yn amlinellu eu Gwasanaethau cymorth iechyd meddwl a dibyniaeth
  • Hannah Edwards o Diabetes Cymru yn esbonio sut maen nhw’n cefnogi pobl mewn ardaloedd gwledig sydd â diabetes
  • Yr Athro Michael Woods o Brifysgol Aberystwyth yn esbonio prosiect newydd y mae’n rhedeg gyda nifer o bartneriaid a fydd yn coladu data a gwybodaeth wledig ac yn sefydlu labordai arloesi, gan weithio’n agos gyda chymunedau gwledig
  • Gill Rundle o Ffederasiwn Cenedlaethol Sefydliadau Merched sy’n esbonio pam eu bod yn cofrestru dynion i gefnogi’r ymgyrch “nid yn fy enw i”
  • Kay Helyar o Sefydliad DPJ sy’n amlinellu’r gwaith y mae’r sylfaen yn ei wneud i gefnogi’r gymuned ffermio o ran iechyd meddwl


Gobeithio y byddwch yn mwynhau’r trafodaethau sy’n para tua 20 munud.


Thank you





Repost: Scope – NZMSJ Podcast: Dr Kati Blattner

Thursday, September 1st, 2022 | Rory | 1 Comment

Listen here:

This was recorded a while back by one of the Pukawakawa students Holly Cook who is on the editorial board of the NZ student medical journal

Episode Description

In this episode we dive into Rural health, looking to the Hokianga as an example. We discuss the impact covid has had and efforts that need to be made to encourage new research and a better pathway for future Rural Health professionals.

Podcast: rural accelerated chest pain pathway – repost from the RNZCUC

Thursday, June 16th, 2022 | Rory | No Comments






Listen here


We are joined by Dr Rory Miller to discuss a recently published paper that looked at the use of point of care troponin alongside an accelerated chest pain pathway in New Zealand rural and primary care.

Miller R, Nixon G, Pickering JW, Stokes T, Turner RM, Young J, Gutenstein M, Smith M, Norman T, Watson A, George P, Devlin G, Du Toit S, Than M. A prospective multi-centre study assessing the safety and effectiveness following the implementation of an accelerated chest pain pathway using point-of-care troponin for use in New Zealand rural hospital and primary care settings. Eur Heart J Acute Cardiovasc Care. 2022 Apr 4:zuac037. doi: 10.1093/ehjacc/zuac037. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35373255.


Podcast: Our Rural Medley #1 Steve Withington- a conversation with Lucinda

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 | Rory | No Comments

A new podcast series called Our Rural Medley. In this episode Lucinda talks with Steve.

Steve’s paper:

You can listen using the links below or directly here.

Available on iTunes or any other podcast apps





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Podcast: Our Changing World – Closing the heart health equity gap

Thursday, May 12th, 2022 | claly44p | No Comments

Hi everyone

This is a RNZ podcast with Dr Anna Rolleston (University of Auckland) about inequities in heart health for Māori and Pacific people and some of the factors that need to be taken into account when doing research with Māori.

Listen here to Our Changing World – Closing the heart health equity gap

One of the main causes for the life expectancy gap between Māori and non-Māori is heart disease. A new Centre of Research Excellence: Pūtahi Manawa | Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa NZ, led by Dr Rolleston aims to close this gap by trying new research strategies.

Read more here

Webinar # 6: Wahine and Pepi – Obstetric emergencies in rural places

Sunday, May 16th, 2021 | Rory | No Comments

Webinar now up on YouTube if you want to watch (and didn’t make it to the session.)

Celia’s Slides

Brendan’s Slides


Audio only version is also available on podcast player of your choice.

Available on iTunes or any other podcast apps


There was an additional question that has been subsequently been answered:

Can you ask Celia/Brendan for advice about navigating responsibilities with midwives in acute situations? Who’s responsible for what?

From Brendan:

It’s a very good question and I suspect trickier in the acute situation in rural areas.

In larger units the team is called and in essence a ‘referrla of care’ has happened at that point and thus the obstetric team has ‘taken responsibility and lead the team.

I think this is how to interpret s88 and the specific NZ legislation (which has some very specific provisions that guide when care is handed over to an ‘obstetrician’). I know this provision fairly well as we’ve sort clarity (and with Celia’s help) have this extended to include Extended scope docs like Alan and myself.

What is less clear to me is exactly the scenario described where there isn’t an obs doctor. I’d have thought therefore that the primary responsibility remains with the LMC.

BUT this is a slightly different question to “who’s responsible for what” – and a bit like a trauma I suspect that the colleges would advocate for good communication and team based care. I think it’s a tricky as we’re used to being the point of referral and normally if we’re asked to be involved we’ve assumed that we are the team lead. I guess the problem becomes if the outcome is sub-optimal then how will the HDC view it??