Live Broadcast from the 2013 NZRGPN Conference

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Conference special guests interviewed in Mobile Health's temporary studio, Energy Events Centre, Rotorua

From the 14 - 17 March, the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN) hosted its annual conference at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. The conference attracted rural GPs and health workers from across the country and featured a range of practical workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitors from a wide range of organisations and, for the brave, an early morning fun run.

The office crew from Mobile Health were there, not as exhibitors but as a fully-fledged (though perhaps unofficial...) production crew. With lighting, camera and editing support from Christchurch company Broadcast Media, a studio was built in the foyer of the centre and used on each day of the conference to broadcast interviews of key conference guests live on the internet. Dr. Buzz Burrell, more commonly found working as a GP, stepped into his interviewing shoes and took to the stage to discuss a range of topics with guests including Dr. Jo Scott-Jones (chair of the NZRGPN) and Simone Flight (project manager for the Pat Farry Trust). As well as being broadcast live, the 30 minute interview sessions were also recorded and uploaded to YouTube. They can still be viewed by clicking here.

While not working in the studio, the Mobile Health crew were busy preparing for an international link to Invercargill and the Cook Islands from the forum room at the conference to take place on the Friday. The link went ahead brilliantly, with paediatric surgeon Dr. Kiki Moate in Invercargill and an array of local health officials in Rarotonga beaming in to the forum room, where they spoke with a panel including Dr. Jo Scott-Jones in front of a large seated audience.

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Cook Islands Secretary of Health, Elizabeth Iro (left) and Dr. Kiki Moate (right) speaking to the audience in Rotorua