Rural Health Symposium 2007Rural Health Symposium 2007

The Rural Health Symposium of 2007 was brought to Christchurch in June by Mobile Surgical Services and Te Waipounamu Rural Health Unit (of the Otago Medical School).

The 138 attendees included then-incumbent Associate Minister of Health Damien O'Connor - who opened the event - along with rural mayors, politicians, DHB planning and funding staff, Ministry of Health officials and media personnel.

The symposium took a workshop approach, employing a 'Six Thinking Hats' method of problem solving encouraging lateral thinking and debate over problems and solutions concerning rural health provision.