2013 New Zealand Rural GP Network Conference

13 - 17 March, 2013      •      Energy Events Centre, Rotorua

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network held their annual conference in Rotorua this March. The team at Mobile Health went along and assembled an open-planned broadcasting studio in the conference centre foyer. Buzz Burrell, who is more often seen in his role as a GP, served as the host to a series of guests over the four days of the event. Each day, three or four guests sat down under the studio lighting and chatted away on topics ranging from rural medical immersion scholarships to the perks of maggots crawling around in wounds. Each thirty minute session was broadcast live to the web but, in case you missed out, they can still be viewed below via YouTube, broken down into digestible snippets of each individual guest interviewed over the course of the conference.


Day 1: Wednesday

RHĀNZ Meeting Review

Jo talks about the recently established multidisciplinary grounp representing rural medical professionals, which closely follows the Australian model.


Day 2: Thursday

Mastering Adverse Outcomes Workshop

When the phone call comes in from the office of the Health and Disability Commissioner the sweat breaks out and anxiety sets in. Denys Court has seen it all befoe and has common sense ideas on how to minimise your risk.


Wound Care Workshop

Any wound should heal in a maximum of four weeks. If not, it's time for the specialists - what to do and what not to do.


Day 3: Friday

National Health Board

A very illuminating discussion with one of New Zealand's key health strategists.


Political Session

Jo gives his views on the meetings he's attended in the past 24 hours.


Nurses Forum

An insightful discussion with representatives from the Nursing Council - a bit to learn from both sides.


A new health organisation

Tane Cassidy from the Health Promotion Agency discusses the challenges they face and how they're dealing with them.


Telcos Forum

Representatives from various telecommunications agencies discuss their respective roles in the field of rural health.


Day 4: Saturday

The Pat Farry Trust

Simone Flight, Project Manager for The Pat Farry Trust, discussess developments with the trust and the Fun Run - a feature of this year's meeting which received a huge turnout.


Medical Immersion Scholar

If we think Kiwis should travel - Kerry, a recipient of the Pat Farry Trust travelling scholarship, shows just what you can do with a backpack.


Highlights Review

Buzz and Martin are old friends, so their views of the important issues of the meeting will vary from those who focus only on content...