Rural Health Symposium 2009Rural Health Symposium 2009

Jo Goodhew, MP opened the June 2009 RHS in Wellington. This year's theme was better access for rural patients, which proved to spark extensive discussions. Improvements and novel ideas taken from these discussions led to implementation plans being put in order.

Technology played an increasingly important part at the summit this year, in particular teleprescence and its ability to lessen the tyranny time and distance create in the rural health context. Video consultation as a diagnostic technique was also discussed, including its use at the roadside in an emergency situation.