Launch of the NZ Rural Hospital Network

The New Zealand Rural Hospital Network (RHN) was incorporated this month, serving to support New Zealan'ds rural hospital staff. It has been established employing the framework of the successful New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, and seeks membership from both individuals working in rural hospitals along with the governing bodies themselves.


Its purpose (as stated on its website) includes:

  • To provide a platform for rural hospital staff to express their views and discuss their issues, talk of their successes and share their problems, ask their questions and receive advice.
  • To represent all the professional groups within rural hospitals.
  • To unify rural hospital staff with one voice especially over national issues.
  • To lobby the Minister/Ministry of Health and other agencies.
  • To enable the establishmet of national standards and guidelines in rural hospital practice.
  • To support rural hospital staff and rural hospitals.
  • To establish a rural hospital arm of both NZ Medics and NZ Locums to help address rural hospital staffing shortages.
  • To support negotiations with purchasers (MOH, NHB, DHBs and ACC) and professional associations.


More information on the network can be found at their website.