Celebrating rural resilience

21 Dec 2021

Rural hospitals, and the teams who run them, are as crucial to local communities as the school, yet their contributions go largely unsung.

Doctor by nature

17 Nov 2021

Rural practice? Jeremy Webber was born to it. Raised in the rural reaches of the Manawatū and Whangārei, he was bonded from an early age to the whenua.

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From the big city to the West Coast

14 Jun 2021

Sally Peet has worked as a Rural Generalist for the West Coast DHB since January 2020,

Award-winner recognised for breaking down barriers in rural medicine

27 May 2021

If anyone ever embodied the lyrics to the old song ‘Tain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’, it’s the 2021 James Reid Award winner and Division Fellow, Dr Marc Gutenstein

Dr Grahame Jelley wins Peter Snow Memorial Award

25 May 2021

College Fellow and Kerikeri GP, Dr Grahame Jelley, was awarded the Peter Snow Memorial Award at the National Rural Health Conference at Wairakei Resort in Taupō last month.

The Happy Tramper

18 May 2021

Rural Hospital Medicine registrar Dr Claire Richardson fancied seeing a bit of the country before beginning her training and walked the Te Araroa Trail, which is more than 3,000km from Cape Reinga down to Bluff!

New GP service operating out of Hāwera Hospital

26 Feb 2021

Taranaki DHB is hoping a new general practice operating out of Hāwera Hospital will help meet the primary healthcare needs of the South Taranaki community.

Rural GP hooked

17 Nov 2020

Caitlin Whitford has quickly become a deft hand at removing a wayward fish hook. The GP's practice even has a trophy wall of ‘Turangi Special' lures and flies extracted from their human casters.

Rural hospital doctor and high achiever

22 Oct 2020

Growing up in Tokoroa, Dr Caitlin Whitford knew that rural communities often don’t have the doctors they need and from day one at medical school, she aimed to fill that gap.

Advocating for services out in the sticks

12 Oct 2020

Isolated rural communities are made up of a special kind of people — and that means the doctors that look after them have to be pretty special too.

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College

Greg Judkins poetry competition

The winners of the Greg Judkins prize for reflective poetry were announced, and their poems read out at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.

Health Reforms: Whose voices are being heard

The pitch for the new health reforms is that they will be less postcode lottery and more community focused. On paper, this sounds ideal, but as the panel of Dr Kyle Eggleton, Associate Professor Tristram Ingham, Dr Fiona Bolden and Dr Monica Liva dis

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Member

Everyone has a role in ensuring equitable health outcomes for Māori’

Dr Maia Melbourne-Wilcox (Tūhoe) has recently been appointed to the role of Pou Whirinaki – a position that provides leadership, support, and Hauora Māori perspectives to the College. We had a chat with Maia to learn more about her background as a cl

Dr Ian Milne 1947 – 2022, an obituary

Much-loved Petone GP Dr Ian Milne passed away suddenly last month aged 74.

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Sector

Cyber Smart week

It’s Cyber Smart Week, a timely reminder to think, ‘is our practice prepared against cyber-attacks?’

Earthquake and tsunami evacuation drill

ShakeOut is coming up. While it might not be realistic for staff and patients to physically participate in ShakeOut while at the practice, it’s a timely reminder to think about disaster preparedness

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Clinical

Examining the word ‘examination’ in death

The lawyers for the Medical Protection Society (MPS) have recently sought clarification of the term ‘examination’ as it applies to filing death certificates and cremation papers

Monkeypox in Aotearoa

As of July 2022, two people have been been diagnosed with monkeypox in New Zealand.

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Equity

Another layer of burnout for Māori and Pasifika GPs

Dr Api Talemaitoga is a self-confessed workaholic. “A lot of what nurtures and sustains me comes from our work,” he said during the Wellbeing and Burnout Panel at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.

Steering the waka towards more equitable outcomes

Although the Minister of Health Hon Andrew Little had his travel plans to conference skuppered by some outrageously strong Wellington winds, his messages during the opening address were clear; we are in the midst of a period of extraordinary pressure

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