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21 Jul 2022

GPs to descend on Christchurch for College’s annual conference

This weekend (Friday 22 – Sunday 24 July) more than 500 general practitioners and rural hospital doctors will arrive in Christchurch to attend GP22: the Conference for General Practice.

14 Jul 2022

College of GPs cautious about open access to COVID-19 medication, Paxlovid

The Government’s announcement today increasing availability of the COVID-19 antiviral medication, Paxlovid, is both positive and concerning for the country’s largest membership body of GPs.

28 Jun 2022

Coroner's reports now paid for GPs in private practice

From 1 July 2022, medical reports requested under section 40 of the Coroners Act 2006 will be paid for GPs working in private practice.

17 Jun 2022

GPs committed to their communities despite workforce shortage

General practitioners are expecting to see more winter illnesses with higher severity this year due to the reopening of the borders. However, they want to reassure their communities that they are still always here to care.

6 Jun 2022

College of GPs Medical Director has career recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honour

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners congratulates Medical Director Dr Bryan Betty on being appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours List.

2 Jun 2022

The only outdated thing about general practice is the funding model

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is one of a group of organisations who have expressed frustration after yesterday’s meeting to discuss future funding of general practice under PHO Services Agreement Amendment Protocol (PSAAP).

30 May 2022

Specialise as a GP campaign launched by College of GPs

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has launched its latest ‘Specialise as a GP’ campaign.

27 May 2022

Government announces second COVID booster

The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group has recommended a second booster for people who are at high-risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection and who received their first COVID-19 booster six months ago.

20 May 2022

Funding available for research that benefits general practice

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners supports research and education that benefits general practice, rural general practice, and rural hospital medicine, and is welcoming applications for the second funding round of 2022.

19 May 2022

Celebrating Specialist GPs on World Family Doctor Day

On World Family Doctor Day, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is celebrating the amazing work and dedication of its membership of over 5,600 general practitioners and rural hospital doctors.

19 May 2022

Budget 2022 - GPs: always there to care but largely ignored

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners welcomes the investment for general practitioners in high need areas, and the investment for community health care, but is disappointed that the funding does not specifically address the workforc

12 May 2022

College of GPs thrilled to welcome more international GPs

Yesterday’s announcement by the Government to fast-track residency applications for overseas trained general practitioners has been applauded by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

11 May 2022

New system adds NIS alerts – but also a task for GPs

The Ministry of Health has let the College know that they’re releasing a new feature to the National Immunisation Solution (NIS) that will notify general practices when their patients get their flu jab somewhere else e.g. at a pharmacy.

21 Apr 2022

New College Board member announced

Congratulations to Dr Karl Cole who has been elected as the new College Board member.

22 Mar 2022

National Influenza campaign starts 1 April

New Zealand’s 2022 flu campaign starts on 1 April. While everyone can get a flu vaccine from this date, the Ministry of Health is encouraging the health sector to proactively reach out to at-risk groups and offer funded flu vaccines as soon as possib

9 Mar 2022

Vaccination mandate keeps GPs (and patients) safe, and practices open for business

With all of New Zealand now under the red traffic light setting and recognising that we already have a stretched workforce, the College would like to remind the public that general practice clinics are still open.

4 Mar 2022

GPs ask patients for patience as they tackle Omicron

With daily COVID cases numbers continuing to rise, general practitioners are asking for patience and understanding from the public as they continue to work at the forefront of community medicine.

24 Feb 2022

GPs worried that RATs will cause spats

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is frustrated that general practices have not received sufficient time to prepare for the increased use of Rapid Antigen Test (RATs) in practices.

23 Feb 2022

Top GPs confirm New Zealanders’ healthcare needs will always be paramount

Following the release of the NZMA’s ‘red letter’ The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) and General Practice New Zealand (GPNZ) are clear that general practice will continue to be a vital part of Aotearoa’s COVID-19 resp

16 Feb 2022

Omicron is not Delta: Dealing with COVID in the future requires a change in mindse

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners says there needs to be a change in mindset for how we deal with COVID-19 in the future.

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