The RNZCGP is the professional body that provides training and ongoing professional development for general practitioners and rural hospital generalists, and sets standards for general practice.

Proposal for oral contraceptives and nitrofurantoin to be available without prescription

In May 2015 the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) of Medsafe will consider a proposal which would allow pharmacists who have completed specific training to supply the oral contraceptive pill without prescription. 

A similar application was made and declined in 2014. There are minor modifications in the 2015 application including a reduction in the amount that can be supplied on each occasion from 6 to 3 months. Under the new proposal pharmacists would be able to both initiate and continue supply.  A link to a related TV news item is here. The College response to the 2014 application is here.

Also being considered by the MCC in May is pharmacist supply of Nitrofurantoin and the adequacy or otherwise of the MCC’s public consultation process.

The College will be making a submission on these proposals and seeks your input.  For more information on the proposals click here. Please send your comments to the policy team before 26 March. You can also send feedback direct to MCC before 3 April.

The New Zealand Medical Association is keen to hear your views on its draft policy statement on third party funding arrangements.  The Draft Statement outlines key principles that NZMA believes should be reflected in any contract entered into by the medical profession with a third party funder.
The Draft Statement can be found here. Please forward your comments to by Monday, 16 February 2015. 

February GP Pulse

The February issue is now available online. You can read it now here.

Introducing the RNZCGP Digest

The Digest is a collection of the current research in primary healthcare from New Zealand and international authors. This publication will be released approximately every two months to keep you updated on the latest research in the primary healthcare sector.

We hope you enjoy this great new publication.

Read edition one here

Thank you to everyone who attended the Conference for General Practice and the Quality Symposium this year.


Both events had a large number of attendees through the doors. The Air Force Museum was an amazing venue filled with character and history and it was great to be able to hold the Conference in Christchurch!