Full Conference Programme

"NZRGPN-RHAANZ National Rural Health Conference 2015 Rotorua" has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 21.00  credits (Pre conference day 7.00, Day One up to 7.00 and Day 2 up to 7.00) CME for General Practice Educational Programme Stage 2 (GPEP2) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes. 

Certificates of Attendance will be provided for all Nurses in attendance at the conference for professional development hours. 

 Download the CME Form here

Thursday 12 March

Pre-conference Workshops

8.00am - 5.30pm

Conference Registration and Information Desk Open

9.00am - 4.00pm
Division of Rural Hospital Medicine Training Day
Contact Alita Bigwood for more details
Register online via the conference registration process

10.00am - 5.00pm
Postgraduate Generalist Placement Programme Teacher Workshop
Contact Alita Bigwood for more details and to register

9.00am - 1.00pm

Starting Insulin in Primary Care
Provided by: Sanof
Presented by: Dr Kingsley Nirmalaraj & Rab Burtun   
Information: Michael Lewis - 
Cost: $0
Max: 50 participants
Register online via the conference registration process

9.00am - 12.00pm

Making short work of behavioural health language - Workshop
Barbara Docherty, TADS (Training and Development Services)
Cost: $0
Register online via the conference registration process

1.00pm - 5.00pm Rural Clinical Training Forum - Connecting the Pipeline
Chair: Dr Campbell Murdoch
Information: James Reid - 
Cost: $0
1.30pm - 4.00pm Long term conditions, prevention and management
Ministry of Health
Helen Rodenburg & John McMenamin
Cost: $0
Max: 40 participants
Register online via the conference registration process

1.30pm - 5.30pm Emergency Skills Update Workshop
Facilitated by Ian Martin
The afternoon is a review of critical procedural skills in the ED and decision making in a crisis.  Topics reviewed are Basic and Advanced Life support, ECGs and inotropes.  The focus is on practical skills and the decisions required when using them.
Cost: $0
Max: 42 participants
Register online via the conference registration process
3.00pm - 4.30pm Intraosseous Clinical Skills Lab: EZ-IO
Pip Cotterell
Cost: $0
Max: 40 participants
Register online via the conference registration process

Pre-conference Meetings

10.30am - 1.30pm

NZRGPN Board Meeting

2.00pm - 4.30pm

Kaumatua Hui  

1.00pm - 5.00pm

Nurses Forum

The nurses forum is open to conference and non conference attendees alike.

2.00pm - 5.00pm

RHAANZ Council Meeting

Pre-conference Dinner

7.00pm Doctors and Nurses Dinner

Friday 13 March

7.30am - 5.30pm Conference registration and information desk open
8.30am Official conference opening & Mihi Whakatau
9.15am Opening Keynote: Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year
10.00am Political Keynote - Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman
10.45am Morning tea among the exhibition
11.15am Rural Hospital Stream Clinical Stream Clinical Stream Research Stream Management Stream Community Stream  Workshops
Technological Advances in Rural Hospitals

Karl Metzler & Roy Davidson

Chair:  Jen Thomas
Chronic Pain in Primary Care

Dr Steve Main
Experiences in Papua New Guinea

Dr Tim Fletcher
Hapu Ora: wellbeing in the early stages of life 

Helen Moewaka Barnes
Succession planning and exit strategies for GPs

Shaun Phelan
WorkSafe NZ - Implication of Health & Safety Reforms on rural businesses and workers

Professor Gregor Coster

Chair: Dr William Rolleston
11.15am  - 12.45pm
Emergency Airway Management Workshop
Presented by Chris Low
Cost: $60
Max: 20 participants


Extending Scopes of Practice in Rural Hospitals

Ross Fieldes,  Rachel Beech & Dr Elizabeth Humm

Chair:  Ray Anton
PHARMAC and the Rural Health Practitioner

Dr Nina Sawicki, Acting Deputy Medical Director, Primary Care 
Research on nurse practitioner diagnostic reasoning

Alison Pirret NP
Physicians Assistants Pilot Study

Dr Ian Kirkby &
Julie Sullivan
Patient Portals and Mobile Apps

Sanjeewa Samaraweera, Medtech
Community health models:  
suicide prevention and parenting without violence

Dr Fiona BoldenChrissy Hodkinson & Katarina Wirangi Mataira

Chair: Dr William Rolleston
12.45pm Lunch among the exhibition
12.45pm RNZCGP Rural General Practitioners' Chapter AGM - lunch will be provided in the AGM meeting room

Rural Nursing... joys and challenges!

Lyn Dunlop & Gayle Lindley

Chair:  Debi Lawry

Update on Breast Cancer in New Zealand: a Rural Perspective

Dr Vanessa Blair 
Te Whanau a Apanui Community Health – Our slice of Paradise, despite the noxious weeds!

Emily Gill and Phillipa Challaghan
Equity of access to secondary health services for rural patients

Dr Garry Nixon

The 2015 Rural Hospital Doctors Survey

Ross Lawrenson
IPIF, Alliancing, Cornerstone and your practice – "Joining the dots".

Michael HowardDr Jo Scott-Jones &
Bryn Jones
Sustainable rural health service delivery

Dr Carol Atmore

1.45pm - 5.15pm
Skin Flap Workshop
Presented by Chris Low
Cost: $80
Max:  20 participants  

Community models of care

Hilde Mullins

Chair:  Nikki Close
Contraception and sexual health for young people - challenges and solutions

Dr Tania Pinfold
Deaths in New Zealand and the Need for Palliative Care

Professor Heather McLeod
LiLACS NZ – People in advanced age, a rural perspective

Dr Ngaire Kerse
IPIF, Alliancing, Cornerstone cont..

The Global Future of Food:  Equipping our rural communities to deliver to the world

Ian Proudfoot

Afternoon tea among the exhibition
3.45pm Keynote:
Connecting the Rural Education Pipeline
Associate Professor Lucie Walters, Professor Peter CramptonDr Garry Nixon  & Professor Ngaire Kerse
Suturing and skin flap workshop cont.
4.30pm Keynote:
Facilitated Health Services – responding to rural communities
Dr Ernesto Sirolli
5.15pm Awards Ceremony  
6.10pm Welcome Cocktail Function  

Saturday 14 March

7.30am - 5.30pm Conference registration and information desk open
8.30am Boehringer Ingelheim Breakfast Session
Managing Atrial Fibrillation in 2015
Assoc Prof Gerry Devlin
ManageMyHealth Breakfast Session
Implementing a Patient Portal at your Practice

Sanjeewa Samaraweera, Medtech
9.30am Keynote:
Aussie PHC Nurses - keeping health Close To Home
Julianne Badenoch, Vice President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
9.30am - 11.00am
Don't let a single ounce of intelligence go to waste a workshop of best practices for  growing local economies
Presented by: Dr Ernesto Sirolli
Cost: $175 for conference delegates

9.30am - 1.00pm
Practical Ophthalmology skills and tips workshop
Presented by Derrell Meyer
Cost: $20
Max: 24 participants

10.15am Student Keynote:
Then till nowDr Olivia Hill & Dr Dan Allbon
Looking through a rural lens - 
Dinesha Kumarawansa 
11.00am Morning tea among the exhibition
11.30am Rural Hospital Stream Clinical Stream Clinical Stream Research Stream Management Stream Community Stream
Integration Journey...where are we at?

Joanne Knight & Scott Wilson

Chair: Sharon Wards
Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care

Dr Gerald Waters
Weight Management and Prevention: Finding the right words

Barbara Docherty
The role of the Pharmacist Prescriber in a rural predominantly Maori community

Leanne Te Karu

Hiring & Firing Staff – Avoiding the Employment Minefield

Clive Thomson

Is the grass greener – how does our rural health compare with our closest neighbour?

Panel Discussion chaired by  Dr Jenny May

How to set up the Rural Hospital Medicine registrar training in your rural hospital facility

Dr Patrick McHugh & Rob Visser

Chair:  Robert Gonzales
Sleep Disorders and their management

Dr Alex Bartle
NZ Nursing Council - update on nurse prescribing application

Pam Doole & Carolyn Reed
Advances in the treatment of Vertigo

Anne Burston
Being Doc Martin - why your medico-legal risk is different

Dr Sam King,  Dr Tim Cookson & Dr Richard Stacey
Should our kids eat more dirt and lick their pets – is dirtier possibly healthier?  A Pharmacist's view on Probiotics

Peter Lagan

1.00pm Lunch among the exhibition  
1.00pm RHN AGM  - lunch will be provided in the AGM meeting room  
2.00pm Keynote:
Challenges for Maori medical practitioners
Dr Rawiri Jansen


How to set up the Rural Hospital medicine registrar training in your rural hospital facility (cont.)

Dr Sarah Clarke

Chair:  Robert Gonzales
The Treaty of Waitangi/Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights

Bill Nathan & Jim Gosman
Firstly do no harm

Dr David Bratt
Health Diversity and Changing Face of Rural and Urban Canterbury

Wayne Reid
What is my Retirement Wealth Target - How Much Do I Need ?

Sue Stewart
Shifting Services Closer to Home - How well are we doing?

Craig JohnstonBelinda Ray-Johnson, and Sharon Wards 
3.40pm Afternoon tea among the exhibition  
4.10pm Keynote:
Patient Portals - Dr Damian Tomic
Beating the Blues E-Therapy in Primary Care - Malcolm Falconer - Clinical Psychologist
Fiona Bolden

5.00pm Keynote:
Advocacy for health, equity and sustainability
Dr Rhys Jones
5.45pm Conference Close  
7.30pm Conference Gala Dinner  

Sunday 15 March

9.00am Network Breakfast Forum
9.00am Student Breakfast Forum
9.00am RHAANZ Breakfast Forum

RHAANZ Programme Stream

Thursday 12 March

Pre-conference Meetings

2.00pm - 5.00pm

RHAANZ Council Meeting

Friday 13 March

7.30am - 5.30pm Conference registration and information desk open  
8.30am Official conference opening & Mihi Whakatau  
9.15am Opening Keynote:  Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year  
10.00am Political Keynote: Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman  
10.45am Morning tea among the exhibition  
11.15am WorkSafe NZ - Implication of Health & Safety Reforms on rural businesses and workers
Professor Gregor Coster

Chair: Dr William Rolleston
12.00pm Community health models: suicide prevention and parenting without violence
Dr Fiona BoldenChrissy Hodkinson & Katarina Wirangi Mataira

Chair: Dr William Rolleston
12.45pm Lunch among the exhibition  
1.45pm Sustainable rural health service delivery
Dr Carol Atmore

2.30pm The Global Future of Food:  Equipping our rural communities to deliver to the world
Ian Proudfoot
3.15pm Afternoon tea among the exhibition  
3.45pm Keynote:
Connecting the Rural Education Pipeline
Associate Professor Lucie Walters, Professor Peter CramptonDr Garry Nixon  & Professor Ngaire Kerse
4.30pm Keynote:
Facilitated Health  – responding to rural communities
Dr Ernesto Sirolli 
5.15pm Awards Ceremony  
6.10pm Welcome Cocktail Function  

Saturday 14 March

7.30am - 5.30pm Conference registration and information desk open  
9.30am Keynote:
Aussie PHC Nurses - keeping health Close To Home
Julianne Badenoch, Vice President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
 9.30am - 11.00am
"Don't let a single ounce of intelligence go to waste" a workshop of best practices for  growing local economies
Presented by Dr Ernesto Sirolli
Cost: $175 for conference delegates
10.15am Student Keynote:
Then till now, Dr Olivia Hill & Dr Dan Allbon
Looking through a rural lens - Dinesha Kumarawansa 
11.00am Morning tea among the exhibition  
11.30am Is the grass greener – how does our rural health compare with our closest neighbour?

Panel Discussion chaired by Dr Jenny May
12.20pm Should our kids eat more dirt and lick their pets – is dirtier possibly healthier?  A Pharmacist's view on Probiotics
Peter Lagan

1.00pm Lunch among the exhibition  
2.00pm Keynote:
Challenges for Maori medical practitioners
Dr Rawiri Jansen

2.55pm Shifting Services Closer to Home - How well are we doing?
Craig JohnstonBelinda Ray-Johnson, and Sharon Wards  
3.40pm Afternoon tea amongst the exhibitors
4.10pm Keynote:
Patient Portals Dr Damian Tomic
Beating the Blues E-Therapy in Primary Care - Malcolm Falconer - Clinical Psychologist
Fiona Bolden
5.00pm Keynote:
Advocacy for health, equity and sustainability
Dr Rhys Jones
5.45pm Conference Close  
7.30pm Conference Gala Dinner  

Sunday 15 March

9.00am RHAANZ Breakfast Forum

Rural Hospital Network Programme Stream

Thursday 12 March

Pre-conference Day - click here to view the pre-conference meetings and workshops

Friday 13 March

7.30am - 5.30pm Conference registration and information desk open
8.30am Official conference opening & Mihi Whakatau
9.15am Opening Keynote:  Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year
10.00am Political Keynote: Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman
10.45am Morning tea among the exhibition
11.15am Technological Advances in Rural Hospitals
Karl Metzler & Roy Davidson

Chair: Jen Thomas
12.00pm Extending Scopes of Practice in Rural Hospitals
Ross Fieldes,  Rachel Beech & Dr Elizabeth Humm

Chair: Ray Anton
12.45pm Lunch among the exhibition
RHN AGM  - lunch will be provided in the AGM meeting room
1.45pm Rural Nursing... joys and challenges!
Lyn Dunlop & Gayle Lindley

Chair: Debi Lawry
2.30pm Community models of care
Hilde Mullins

Chair: Nikki Close
3.15pm Afternoon tea among the exhibition
3.45pm Keynote:
Connecting the Rural Education Pipeline
Associate Professor Lucie Walters, Professor Peter CramptonDr Garry Nixon  & Professor Ngaire Kerse
4.30pm Keynote:
Facilitated Health  – responding to rural communities
Dr Ernesto Sirolli
5.15pm Awards Ceremony
6.10pm Welcome Cocktail Function

Saturday 14 March

7.30am - 5.30pm Conference registration and information desk open
9.30am Keynote:
Julianne Badenoch, Vice President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
10.15am Student Keynote:
Then till now, Dr Olivia Hill & Dr Dan Allbon
Looking through a rural lens - Dinesha Kumarawansa 
11.00am Morning tea among the exhibition
11.30am Integration Journey...where are we at?
Joanne Knight & Scott Wilson

Chair: Sharon Wards
12.20pm How to set up the Rural Hospital Medicine registrar training in your rural hospital facility
Dr Patrick McHugh & Rob Visser

Chair: Robert Gonzales
1.00pm Lunch among the exhibition
2.00pm Keynote:
Challenges for Maori medical practitioners
Dr Rawiri Jansen
2.55pm How to set up the Rural Hospital medicine registrar training in your rural hospital facility (cont.)
Dr Sarah Clarke

Chair:  Robert Gonzales
3.40pm Afternoon tea among the exhibition
4.10pm Keynote:
Patient Portals Dr Damian Tomic
Beating the Blues E-Therapy in Primary Care - Malcolm Falconer - Clinical Psychologist
Fiona Bolden
5.00pm Keynote:
Advocacy for health, equity and sustainability
Dr Rhys Jones
5.45pm Conference Close
7.30pm Conference Gala Dinner

Sunday 15 March

9.00am RHAANZ Breakfast Forum

Social Programme


Doctors and Nurses Dinner

Thursday 12 March, 7.00pm
Ciccio Italian Restaurant
1262 Fenton Street, Rotorua
$60 per person for 3 course set menu and a drink
Limited to 75 people

Join your fellow Doctors and Nurses for a sumptuous meal at the best Italian in Rotorua - Ciccios!

The Doctors and Nurses dinner is a casual, combined function for doctors and nurses to catch up over a delicious meal before the main conference starts.

Tickets can be purchased during the online registration process. 


Welcome Cocktail Function

Friday 13 March, 6.10pm
Energy Events Centre, Exhibition Hall
One ticket to the Welcome Cocktail Function is included in each full conference registration, day registrants and additional tickets can be purchased for $60 per ticket.

The Welcome Cocktail Function will be held among the exhibition at the Energy Events Centre on the conclusion of the first day of conference. Join your fellow delegates, sponsors and exhibitors for canapes and cocktails to review the days learning, network or make dinner plans!

Tickets can be purchased during the online registration process.

Conference Gala Dinner

Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm
Skyline Gondola Rotorua
Cost: $90, includes transport from conference hotels, return Gondola, buffet dinner and limited beverages

The 2015 gala dinner will have something for everyone from those who wish to dance the night away to those who wish to chat and catch up with old friends with out shouting! Coupled with a delicious meal and a uniquely Rotorua venue this years dinner will be a wonderful way to celebrate the inaugural  National Rural Health Conference! 

Tickets can be purchased during the online registration process.







As all our conference speakers make their biographies and photos available they will be published here for your interest.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Lance O'Sullivan

National rural health conference opening keynote speaker is Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2014 Dr Lance O'Sullivan, a rural GP based in Kaitaia. A Maori doctor fluent in Te Reo, he is a passionate advocate for Maori health and treating patients regardless of whether or not they can afford treatment. His drive for accessible healthcare extends beyond his patient-centric clinic Te Kohanga Whakaora, in Kaitaia offering flexible hours and payment methods. He established MOKO (Manawa Ora, Korokoro Ora, "Healthy Heart, Healthy Throat"), V-MOKO, a school based and online service focused on preventing rheumatic fever among primary and intermediate students in and around Kaitaia. He also set up Kainga Ora ("Well Home"), a home improvement project tackling one family home at a time, a proactive measure against ailments resulting from poor living conditions. In recognition of his achievements, Dr O'Sullivan was earlier this year named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and Public Health Association Public Health Champion Award in 2013 and TVNZ Maori of the Year 2012. Dr O'Sullivan will take to the stage at 9.15am on Friday, March 13.


Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman

Dr Coleman studied medicine at Auckland University. Following house surgeon years in New Zealand, Dr Coleman spent eight years overseas working and furthering his studies.  He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the London Business School. After his return to New Zealand in 2001 he combined advisory work in the healthcare sector for PricewaterhouseCoopers with clinical medical practice.

Dr Coleman entered Parliament in 2005 for the National Party in opposition.  In this first term he was the Spokesperson for Broadcasting and the Associate Spokesperson for Health. Re-elected in 2008, Prime Minister Key promoted Dr Coleman into Cabinet as the Minister of Immigration and Broadcasting and the Associate Health and Associate Tourism Minister. Re-elected for a third term for the Northcote seat in November 2011 Dr Coleman was promoted in Cabinet to Minister of Defence, Minister of State Services and Associate Minister of Finance. After winning a fourth term as MP for Northcote with a majority of 9664, Dr Coleman was elevated to Minister of Health and Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Dr Coleman is married with two children.

Julianne Badenoch
Vice President APNA

Julianne is a registered nurse and midwife, working in rural general practice in South Australia.  Through the Australian Primary health care Nurses Association (APNA) Julianne works to provide a voice for nurses working in primary health care, representing and advocating for the profession, and supporting the profession to deliver better primary health care to the community.

Julianne has a strong interest in governance and has been an APNA Board Director since 2004 and  APNA President from 2010-2014.  In November 2013, Julianne was appointed to the board of the National Asthma Council Australia. Julianne is also current Chair of CoNNO Council, a coalition of over  50 Australian nursing organisations.

Julianne is committed to the ongoing safe and quality development, adoption and utility of Australia's National e health record and is a member of the Federal Ministers PCEHR Independent Advisory Committee. Julianne also works with the Australian National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA) as a clinical governance advisor.

Julianne currently serves on the following Australian national boards and committees:
  • Vice President: APNA
  • Member: PCEHR Independent Advisory Council
  • Clinical Governance Advisor: NeHTA
  • Member: Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) National Standing Committee for Standards in General Practice
  • Member: NPS Medicine Wise, Prescribing Intervention Expert Advisory Group
  • Member: Chief Medical Officer's General Practice Round Table


Dr Rawiri Jansen, MBChB, MRNZCGP, BHB, BA (Maori), Dip Tchg, Ngati Raukawa

Dr Jansen was formerly a resource teacher of Maori studies and language in the Hawkes Bay before he completed his training as a medical practitioner at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland.  His main focus is running clinical teaching, Te Reo and Tikanga Maori programmes for Maori health professionals throughout the country.  He published a phrase book of Maori medical terms which was released in February 2006 as a resource for the Maori health sector.  He is a former Chairperson of Te ORA and a member of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.  Dr Jansen is currently the Clinical Director of the National Hauora Coalition and also works as a General Practitioner in Auckland.   Dr Jansen is the interim Chair of Te ORA whilst the organisation undertakes an independent organisational review.


Dr Olivia Hill & Dr Dan Albion

Dr Hill is a former Rural Immersion student under the late Dr Pat Farry who is currently working as a Cardiothoracic Registrar in Dunedin Hospital. Olivia has spent her undergraduate and post graduate training in smaller rural centres of NZ from Wellsford to Mataura.

Originally from a Rural background, Olivia is a keen advocate for promotion of rural health, particularly its role in medical school training and early post graduate exposure.  

Dr Dan Allbon is a former rural medical immersion student. He is currently an ophthalmology registrar based in Dunedin Hospital. Having worked the majority of his post-graduate years in smaller centres throughout the country, he has a strong passion for rural health, its communities and its future.

Dinesha Kumarawansa

Dinesha Kumarawansa is currently a 6th year medical student at the University of Auckland. Dinesha was a student on the Pukawakawa programme in 5th year, spending the year in Whangarei and Northland.  Having had this experience, she is keen to work in smaller hospitals and immerse herself into the NZ rural health workforce in the future. 



Dr Rhys Jones

Ngati Kahungunu

Dr Rhys Jones is a Public Health Physician and is currently Senior Lecturer (Medical) at Te Kupenga Hauora Maori, University of Auckland. His research interests include ethnic inequalities in health, Maori men's health, Indigenous health education and environmental health.

Rhys is Principal Investigator of the Educating for Equity study, an international research project examining how health professional education can reduce inequities and improve health outcomes for Indigenous populations. He teaches Maori health at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

In 2005-06, Rhys was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy based at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. His fellowship project examined interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care using organisational case studies.

He is also Training Programme Supervisor - Maori for the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and past chairperson of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (The Maori Medical Practitioners Association). Rhys received his medical degree and Master of Public Health from The University of Auckland.


Dr Ernesto Sirolli

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is one of the world' s leading consultants on the topic of economic development. He started working in the field of International Aid in Africa in 1971 and has since worked in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa,  Latin America , USA and Asia in projects that promote local entrepreneurship and local self determination. Dr. Sirolli resides in the USA where he was invited to establish the Sirolli Institute, a social enterprise that teaches civic leaders how to capture the passion energy and imagination of its own citizens.  Dr. Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Sciences from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D in Local Enterprise Facilitation from Murdoch University, Australia in 2004.  Dr. Sirolli is the author of two books: "Ripples from the Zambezi" a best seller that is used by Economic Development Faculties in Universities the world over, and :"How to start a business and ignite your life" a book aimed at would be entrepreneurs.  In 2012 Dr. Sirolli was invited to give a TED TALK ; his 17 minutes talk :"Shut up and Listen" has been translated in 31 languages and downloaded more than 2.5 million times.  Read more


Damian Tomic

Dr Damian Tomic attended St George's Hospital Medical School in London obtaining an MBBS in 1990. He completed his general practice training in the North of England, as well as obtaining the DRCOG, MRCGP and DFP.

After a short spell in the UK, Dr Tomic shifted to New Zealand, obtaining FRNZCGP in 2001. He worked as a GP in Raglan from 1997- 2005, and was the Regional Director of GP training for a couple of years.

Dr Tomic worked for many years as a GPEP2 Medical Educator for the RNZCGP and continues to work in general practice. He joined Midlands Health Network as a medical advisor in 2009 and spent the last three years as Medical Director. He is excited to have joined Waikato DHB as Clinical Director Primary Care in February of this year.


Malcolm Falconer, MA(Hons), MNZPsS 
Registered Clinical Psychologist with NZ Psychologist's Board

Malcolm Falconer has over 25 years experience working with clients in mental health settings. Malcolm has a Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Auckland. He completed postgraduate level papers in clinical neuropsychology, psychotherapy, abnormal psychology and health psychology. Malcolm also has a post graduate qualification in forensic psychiatry. He has continued his professional development with qualifications and training in clinical supervision, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.To find out more about Malcolm Falconer visit Psych'd:



Associate Professor Lucie Walters, MBBS, PhD DCH, DipRACOG, FACRRM, FRACGP 

Associate Professor Lucie Walters is President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.  She was appointed Academic Director on the ACRRM Board in December 2009, and was then appointed as Vice President in 2013.  Lucie is currently Associate Professor in Rural Medical Education at Flinders University and also works as a GP Obstetrician at Mount Gambier Hospital.  Lucie's key areas of interest are community based medical education, rural health, social determinants of health and women's health with her key expertise being in rural medical education development, curriculum design and course delivery in undergraduate and post graduate areas.


Professor Peter Crampton (MBChB; PhD; FNZCPHM, MRNZCGP) 

Professor Peter Crampton is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Otago. Prior to taking up his current position he was Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago Wellington. Peter started his professional life as a GP in Porirua, and later specialised in public health medicine. His research is focused on social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, and health care organisation and funding. He has served on numerous government advisory panels in a variety of policy areas related to public health, health services, and health workforce, and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to public health, health systems and health services management. When not at work he is kept busy with his family, riding his mountain bike, and climbing mountains.

Concurrent Speakers

Assoc Prof Gerry Devlin

Gerry Devlin is the current Medical Director of the National Heart Foundation. He is a Cardiologist and Associate Professor in Medicine with the Waikato Clinical school of the University of Auckland . He is also the clinical leader of the midland cardiac network.

Gerry is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin Ireland and moved to New Zealand in 1988. He successfully completed his FRACP in 1995 and is also a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.. Gerry is also a busy clinical researcher with over 60 publications. Research interests include acute coronary syndromes, heart failure ,valvular heart disease and systems of care.

Sanjeewa Samaraweera

Sanjeewa is the Chief Architect of the of the ManageMyHealth Suite of Products including Patient Portal, Shared Electronic Health Record (SEHR) platform, National Patient Vitals Portal, Patient Contact Centre and Kiosk. Sanjeewa is an experienced professional with a wealth of experience in formulating and implementing business strategies, managing projects and programmes, delivering large-scale information systems implementations, delivering complex integrated technology solutions, managing client and vendor relationships, managing strategic alliances and managing diverse teams and people. Prior to Medtech, Sanjeewa was a Principal Consultant with the PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Division and Solutions Director across Asia Pacific for Unisys.  Sanjeewa has being involved in every aspect of business transformation projects and has a very strong background in organisational change, business processes, best practices and enabling technologies and is able to formulate and implement ICT strategies, from strategy to execution that deliver sustainable results.


Dr David Bratt

Dr David Bratt is first and foremost a General Practitioner who spent 30 years in front-line general practice enjoying the delivery of individual face-to-face health services. In 2002 a new opportunity presented itself to improve patients' access to specialist secondary services and close the gap in the primary/secondary interface with his appointment to the new position of GP Liaison and Primary Care Advisor to Capital and Coast DHB. This exposure to a large multilayered organisation required a whole new set of skills and an understanding of the relatively slow pace of change possible compared to a typical small business general practice. A further leap into the unknown occurred in 2007 with his appointment to the new position of Principal Health Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development. This is General Practice at a systems level – working with a population around the wider social determinants of health – employment, income, housing, education, and access to health services. In this position he had to opportunity to work on collecting together the substantial body of evidence on the health benefits of work, and the significant adverse health outcomes of worklessness.


Dr Alex Bartle

Dr Bartle has been a GP for over 30 years and has a Masters degree in Sleep Medicine.

After extensive research and special training in sleep medicine overseas, he established the Sleep Well Clinic in 2000. He was soon joined by Assoc. Prof Dr Lutz Beckert and Alex Mortlock, Clinical Psychologist.

There are now Sleep Well Clinics throughout New Zealand offering consultations, sleep tests, and treatment for a wide range of sleep disorders.

Dr Bartle is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association, and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences.

In 2007 he presented research at the World Federation of Sleep Research 5th International Congress.

He has been actively involved in developing a Sleep Medicine education programme for GPs in Australia and New Zealand, and represented NZ on the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Association.

Dr Bartle continues to research sleep disorders, lecture to national and international conferences and publish on sleep issues.

He regularly presents seminars to many New Zealand organisations. These include Canterbury University, New Zealand Police Department, New Zealand Fire Service, New Zealand Customs Service, New Zealand Airways Training Centre and numerous other commercial twenty-four hour businesses.


Dr Tim Fletcher
Volunteering with VSA Dr Fletcher spent 2 years at St Mary's Hospital in East New Britain , PNG, returning  to NZ in Sept 2014. Tim has been a GP for 29 years in Ngongotaha, and loved being a GP, however this has been by far the most interesting and rewarding work Tim has ever done.  

Tim will discuss the opportunities for volunteering, the work and life in East New Britain.

Shaun Phelan, MAS

Shaun joined MAS in 1980.  He has held various positions within the organisation to date including Branch Manager, Business Advisor, and Regional Manager to his current role of National Manager - Business Advisory Services.

During this time, Shaun has gained extensive knowledge of the private health sector and leads the team that developed HealthyPractice® – an online business support service for General Medical, Dental, Veterinary and Specialist practices.  Shaun has assisted health sector practices undertake successful practice premises developments, amalgamations, strategic planning processes and many other business undertakings.

r Tania Pinfold  

Dr Tania Pinfold graduated from Auckland Med School in 1987, and has worked in Rotorua ever since. After working as a hospital junior, she moved into General Practice. She developed an interest in Youth Health in the 1990s when high school wellness centres were being developed in Rotorua. She now works in local high schools, in a community based Youth One Stop Shop (Rotovegas Youth Health), and in the local Youth Justice residence. Apart from loving clinical work with young people, her interests are sharing Youth Health skills with colleagues, and growing the Youth Health workforce.   

Dr Tim Cookson

Dr Tim Cookson is a Wellington GP who has been a partner in his practice for 26 years. He joined MPS as a Medicolegal Adviser in 2005 and is one of a small team of doctors assisting members with medico-legal issues arising from their practice. Outside work he and his wife are actively involved with 2 teenage sons and a small farm, as well as getting outdoors, mountain biking and other activities.

Dr Richard Stacey, Senior Medicolegal Adviser, MB ChB MRCGP MFFLM MA (Medical Ethics and Law)

Dr Stacey has been a medicolegal adviser at MPS since November 2003, prior to which he was a GP partner (and GP Trainer from 2000) in Leeds, England but he is currently undertaking a secondment in the MPS New Zealand Office.

Richard manages files across the full range of the MPS spectrum but has a specific interest in general practice and disciplinary (primary and secondary care) cases.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the UK MPS publication Practice Matters, an MPS Spokesperson and in this context has published many articles/press releases in MPS publications, the trade and National press and has been involved in radio broadcasts.

Richard has an interest in sport and in the past has twice finished in the top 20 in the London Triathlon and finished 5th at the World Medical Games. Many years ago, he had a brief spell as stand-up comedian and for years, he has badly wanted to play the guitar. Richard has now achieved his ambition in that he can play the guitar (badly)…. there is a reason why his spell as a stand-up comedian was brief.

Dr Sam King

Dr Sam King is a graduate of Otago Medical School and has worked in general practice since 1991.  She is a Medical Adviser with MPS and is currently working towards a Masters in Healthcare Law and Ethics.  Sam is married and has 3 teenage children and enjoys kayaking and fishing. 

Helen Parker

Helen Parker's UK clinical, managerial and academic career in health care spans 30 years.  A nurse by background, Helen has held Board level positions responsible for primary care and community services. Helen was also Co-Director of the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham with an academic focus on general practice and integrated care.

For the past five years, Helen has supported the development of new models of general practice in the UK.  She is a Senior Fellow with the health policy Think Tank, The Nuffield Trust, researching and developing emerging national models of primary and integrated care.

Helen moved from the UK in early 2014 to work at Midlands Health Network where she is leading the implementation of a new model of primary care across the Pinnacle general practice network.  She continues to take part in comparative research work across the UK and New Zealand through her role as Senior Fellow.  


Anne Burston

Anne Burston is a NZ trained Physiotherapist with 30 years experience. For the past 14 years Anne  has worked for CCDHB both in a Community Rehabilitation Team on the Kapiti Coast where approximately half the patients she sees are for vestibular rehabilitation, and for the Neurology Department in Wellington Hospital doing vestibular diagnostic testing and research.

Anne has been specialising in Vestibular Rehab for 14 years since attending an Introductory Vestibular Rehabilitation course in 2000 in NZ taught by Susan Herdman and Ronald Tusa. She then attended their week long competency course in Vestibular Rehabilitation at Emory University  in Atlanta Georgia USA in 2004 and a 3.5 day advanced competency course in Atlanta 2007.

Anne completed a Master of Health Sciences endorsed in rehabilitation in 2009 through Otago University. Her research thesis was on BPPV and was published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience in 2011.

She has attended and presented her research at a number of Annual Neuro-otology Conferences held in Australia and in Buenos Aires 2014 at the Barany International Society Scientific Meeting.

Anne Co-teaches a 2 day Vestibular Rehabilitation Introductory course to Physiotherapists in NZ and is the sole teacher of a 2 day Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation course in NZ.

Anne is the Physiotherapy representative on the committee of the newly formed NZ Society of Balance, Dizziness and Vertigo Inc.


Bill Nathan

A qualified Engineer Bill has worked with General Motors, Unilever and IBM.

Bill joined the Territorial Force, NZ Army after he completed CMT in 1959.

His military career included Commanding Officer 7th Battalion, Wellington and Hawkes Bay Regiment and Deputy Commander New Zealand Land Forces.  He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE Military) in the 1984 New Year's Honours List and in 1993 appointed Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Honorary Member of the Vice-Regal Household, Government House until his retirement in 2005.

In 1983 Bill and Donas began a long association with Children and Young Persons Service looking after and caring for young persons at risk. For over twenty years they cared for hundreds of children and young persons.

Bill has had a life-long involvement in the Anglican Church.  A Vestry member, People's Warden and in recent years Chairman of Poneke ki te  Whanganui-a-Tara (formerly Wellington Anglican Maori Pastorate), Bill is a licensed Kaikarakia and delegate on several Church Boards and Committees including Tikanga Maori Mission Council and in 2014 the General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui.

A member of Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club since 1955 and for several years President of the Club.  Both Bill and his wife were appointed Life Members in 1980.

Bill is currently Chairman of the Hutt Valley Anglican Social Services, Chairman of the New Zealand National Society of Alcohol and Drug Dependency (NSAD) and Trustee of the National Health and Disability Advocacy Service Trust.

He is member of several other Social Services organisations and has previously served on the Boards of Te Mangai Paho, Te Matatini National Committee, the former Legal Services Board and Lotteries Social Welfare National Committee. 

Jim Gosman

Jim Gosman emigrated to New Zealand from his native Scotland in 1963, and in 1964 joined the New Zealand Police.

Following service in Wellington, then  Hastings where he had the opportunity to experience relieving duties in Hawkes Bay rural Police stations, Jim developed a passion for rural policing which later led to his appointment as Officer in Charge National Park in 1977.

While at National Park Jim served on many community organisations and was an inaugural community board member representing National Park at the Ruapehu District Council.  He  served a term as a trustee on the Sir Edmund Hilary Outdoor Pursuits Centre at Tawhitikuri.  A keen interest in fly fishing and game bird hunting  saw him joining the local acclimatization society, where he was soon elected to the chair of the Waimarino Ward, representing the ward at the Central North Island Wildlife Conservancy Council, and later as an elected councilor on the Taranaki Fish & Game Council.

Jim retired from the Police Department in 1992, and he and his wife moved to Turangi in 1993, where  Jim was initially self employed as a fly fishing guide,. His time at National Park gave him an intimate knowledge of the wonderful trout streams of the volcanic plateau.

In 1997, Jim was  accepted  as an advocate for what is now known as the Nationwide Health & Disability Advocacy Service, a service provided under the Health & Disability Commissioner Act 1994, wherein his area of responsibility extends over Taupo, Turangi, Taumarunui, Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru.   Jim sees a focus on 'peacekeeping' as an integral part of his role as an advocate .

A reasonably fluent Maori speaker, Jim has undertaken studies in Education, Maori Studies, Dispute Resolution, and Treaty Studies at Massey University.

Barbara Docherty

Barbara Docherty is a former general practice nurse and has led the TADS Behavioural Health training programme for the past 16 years, recently completing her Masters in this field with First Class Honours. Barbara is currently an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland, is a current Board member of the New Zealand Health Promotion Agency and a member of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board Health Research Committee.

As a member of the reference group for the ground breaking New Zealand Primary Health Care Strategy, she continues implementing primary health care nursing research and workforce development along with extensive work in person focused communication and engagement skills where the patient is the driver.

Previous experience includes her role as a health talk back nurse and commentator for NZ national and community radio, author of the Practice Nurse resource 'Nursing in General Practice' and her writings for a wide variety of medical, nursing and media publications including her weekly blog for 'NZ Doctor'. In 1997 she was a recipient of an NZNO National Service award for services to nursing.


Pam Doole

Pam Doole has worked for the Council in a variety of roles.

In her present role her strategic projects have included the review of the Code of Conduct and proposals for nurse prescribing.

Before joining the Council she was Director of Nursing at Hutt Valley District Health Board for six years and the professional development and recognition programme coordinator for two years.

Pam has also worked as a nurse in various clinical areas at Wellington Hospital. Pam has a Bachelor of Arts in history, a Diploma in Nursing and a Master of Philosophy (Nursing) (with Distinction).


Karl Metzler

Karl Metzler is CEO of Gore Health Ltd, the company responsible for managing the delivery of health services at a rural community hospital and health hub in Eastern Southland. Gore Health is very familiar with the challenges of delivering healthcare in a rural community and in response has put its hand up to pilot a number of exciting new technological and workforce initiatives aimed at alleviating some of the many issues facing rural healthcare providers.

Karl is passionate about health and patient centred care.  He received a M.A. /MSc. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1994.   He immigrated to New Zealand in November 1998, joined the SDHB as a Clinical Psychologist and then joined the dark side to become Manager of Community Mental Health services. He completed a Diploma in Business Management at Waikato University in 2004.

Karl is driven to the depths of despair very frequently by his wife, three children and yet to be house trained puppy! Trout fishing and a Sky Sport subscription are his closest allies!

Roy Davidson

The role of Telehealth Programme Manager was established at Northland District Health Board 3 years ago in order to use technology as an enabler to reduce challenges in providing specialist services to the Northland region and help address the future demands in health care. Roy came into the role at this time with an IT background working in Project Management, Software Testing and Service Delivery Management in a variety of industries over a 20 year period. Now with 9 years experience in the health industry Roy has firmly moved out from behind the back office to engaging with clinicians and clinical support staff throughout the DHB and the primary sector.  Roy is also on the NZ Telehealth Forums' Telehealth Leadership Group which is a clinically led initiative sponsored and funded by the National Health IT Board. The groups role is as a governance and advisory group supporting the introduction of telehealth in New Zealand. 

Gayle Lindley

Registered Nurse, (RN); Post Graduate Certificate in Cardiac Rehabilitation; Post Graduate Diploma Health Science, (Rural Primary Health Care); Clinical Masters of Nursing. Nurse Practitioner (Primary Health Care) Full Prescribing authority.

I live at Clydevale, South Otago, with John, my husband of 41 yrs. We have 2 adult sons, Alister and Brad. My family have patiently supported my advancing nursing career, sharing with me the many challenges encountered along the way.

Amazingly I considering myself "not academically gifted"  preferring hands on clinical nursing and short courses relevant to my practice, therefore I never anticipated undertaking University study and certainly never anticipated becoming a nurse Practitioner. One can partly blame the health reforms of the 1990s for this. Read more


Alison Pirret

Alison Pirret is employed as a Nurse Practitioner (prescribing) in the Critical Care Complex, Middlemore Hospital, leading the Intensive Care Outreach Service and professionally and clinically supporting the Patient at Risk Team, both teams providing care to the physiologically unstable ward patient. Alison is also employed as Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing Massey University, teaching and coordinating the post graduate assessment and clinical decision making paper. 

Alison has been actively involved in the development of New Zealand critical care nursing standards and is currently a member of the editorial board for the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing journal, member of the National Critical Care Nurses Section, member of Executive Committee Nurse Practitioner New Zealand, and Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa. In 2004, Alison received the New Zealand Nurses' Organisation National Service Award for her contribution to Nursing and Midwifery. Alison is author of Acute Care Nursing: A physiological approach to clinical assessment and patient care; the 2nd edition was published in 2009. Alison's research interests are intensive/ acute care nursing and advanced nursing practice. Alison's PhD compared nurse practitioner diagnostic reasoning to that of registrars.


Dr Scott Wilson

After completing his undergraduate training at Otago University, Dr Scott Wilson worked extensively throughout regional New Zealand and Australia. 

Scott has developed a passion for rural health, in particular rural hospital medicine and has been based at Ashburton Hospital since 2005. Scott gained fellowship in Rural Hospital Medicine in 2011, and led an initiative to transition Ashburton Hospital from the traditional specialist model of care to a sustainable rural generalist SMO workforce. Ashburton is now the second largest training facility for Rural Hospital registrars, and they train undergraduates from throughout Australasia. He was appointed as Clinical Director of Ashburton and Rural hospitals for Canterbury District Health Board in 2012, and enjoys the constant challenges of trying to ensure high performance and sustainability of rural healthcare models, and equity of access for smaller communities. 

Scott also sit on the Board of Studies and council for the RNZCGP division of Rural Hospital Medicine, which has enabled him to be involved in decisions that will shape the rural workforce in years to come. He is a father of 2 wonderful children, and relishes the fact that working in rural Canterbury enables him to engage in his other passion of adventure multisport racing.


Patrick McHugh

An Otago graduate Patrick has worked in a variety of settings; general practice, Emergency Department and a number of rural hospitals. He is currently the Clinical Leader with the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (RHM) and oversees RHM training in the North Island. He is also currently working part time at Gisborne Hospital Emergency Department and involved with GP training and an undergraduate inter-professional education programme in Tairawhiti. His interests in health include mind-body medicine and complementary medicine and outside health; cricket, fishing and reading.

Lyn Dunlop

Lyn Dunlop has been a rural nurse for most of her nursing career. After training in Dunedin her post graduate nrsing experience was enhanced at Oamaru rural hospital, where nurses had to quickly learn to be skilled, versatile, proactive and keen learners. Throughout various restructuring, from hospital boards to CHE's and DHBs and then back to local management, Lyn has held many roles from theatre, surgical wards, coronary and medical nursing, emergency nursing, Diabetes educator and Occupational Health.

Lyn made the transition to primary health care with a locum year in Karamea in Northern Buller that opened her eyes to not only the determinants of health but the important role nurses played in the provision of healthcare to isloated rural populations.

Lyn was awarded a ministry of Health scholarship to complete her masters in nursing and on completion of this, returned to the coast to work and develop the Rural Nurse role in Ngakawau Her presentation entitled "Figs Fejoas, Fishing and Ferels " gives an overview of her role as a rural nurse, and a light hearted look at the  Joys and challenges of  rural nursing, whilst managing the continual changes and restrictions, that have evolved over recent times.

Garry Nixon

Garry has worked as a medical officer at Dunstan hospital and part time GP in Alexandra for the last 23 years.

For the last 8 years he has been a clinical senior lecturer, rural health, with the University of Otago, convening the postgraduate diploma in rural and provincial hospital practice and postgraduate certificate in clinician performed ultrasound. His research interests include improving access to secondary and diagnostic services for rural communities.

He was chair of the working party that saw the MCNZ recognise the scope of rural hospital medicine and first chair of the RNZCGP Division of Rural Hospital Medicine.


Professor Ross Lawrenson

Ross is Professor of Primary Care, University of Auckland and Assistant Dean of the Waikato Clinical Campus. He first moved to New Zealand in 1981 working in Te Kuiti hospital and later becoming a general practitioner in Wairoa. In 1988 he moved back to the Waikato as Medical Superintendent in Community Health Services and District Hospitals. He returned to the UK in 1994 to take up an academic career. In 2005 he returned to the Waikato.  He is particularly committed to the development of research and in supporting environments where students can get excellent clinical experience whether in hospitals or in rural and community placements. He is also committed to the sustainability of rural practice whether in rural hospital or rural general practice.


Ross Fieldes

Otago Graduate with post grad training in Wellington and Perth, Australia. ( including plastic surgery ). UK training in ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology ( DRCOG), anaesthetics (DA). Further anaesthetic training in Waikato hospital.

1982-2014 General Practice Principal, Oamaru .

Oamaru Hospital positions have included obstetrics , anaesthesia and emergency work.   Minor surgical services Oamaru Hospital since 1998.

Wayne Reid

Wayne Reid has been involved with health care for over twenty-five years; firstly as a professional exotic animal handler, then the pharmaceutical industry, latterly with Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd.

  • Medical representative with Abbott Laboratories (NZ) Ltd
  • Business Manager – Ethical Division; Abbott Laboratories Ltd
  • Sales Manager; Pharmaceutical Division, Hoechst (NZ) Ltd
  • New Zealand Manager; Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic Division, Hoechst (NZ) Ltd
  • Refugee and Migrant Primary Health Care Manager; Partnership Health Canterbury
  • Refugee and Migrant Health Manager; Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd

  • One of Wayne's passions is communication – in all its forms. His current role allows him a unique insight into the health needs of the many different migrant and refugee cultures in Canterbury. His corroboration with the many agencies working in this field is indicative of the level of unmet need which exists.

    Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes (Te Kapotai te hapu, Ngapuhi te iwi): Co-Director SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Director Whariki, College of Health, Massey University. 

    Helen is a multidisciplinary Maori social scientist, with expertise in public health, particularly in the fields of Maori health, community engagement and Maori capacity building. Current research areas include: Maori health identities; National Days, wairua and affect; life-course approaches to health and wellbeing; developing theoretical concepts and research and restorative action around the health of people and the health of land/environments; developing methods and methodologies within Maori paradigms; and evaluation research.

    Dr Sarah Clarke

    Born in New Zealand, Sarah is a dual trained specialist in Rural Hospital Medicine and Urgent Care.  She holds the role of Clinical Leader at Kaitaia Hospital in the far north of New Zealand.  Sarah has a broad range of medical experience including time in emergency and intensive care.

    Her previous military service and volunteer work has seen her working extensively in rural and remote environments. Sarah's post graduate education is ongoing and includes medicine and agriculture.  Outside work Sarah is into the outdoors and enjoys fishing, diving, hunting and travel.

    Professor Heather McLeod

    Heather is an actuary by profession and since 1993 has worked in healthcare financing, health policy and social security policy. In South Africa she worked on health policy issues for government, including the National Treasury, Department of Health and Department of Social Development. She served on a number of statutory bodies including the regulator of private health insurance. As a consultant she has worked with healthcare funders, trustees, trade unions, NGOs, primary healthcare practices, hospital and pharmaceutical groups. 

    Heather became resident in New Zealand in 2010 and since 2012 has been with the Ministry of Health as Senior Analyst Palliative Care, advising the Palliative Care Council. She continues to have visiting appointments as Extraordinary Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Stellenbosch and as Adjunct Professor, School of Management Studies, at the University of Cape Town.

    In New Zealand, she teaches on the post-graduate health sciences programme at the University of Canterbury and is a member of the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE3) team at the University of Otago, Wellington.

    Heather has experience in modelling the impact of ageing populations on chronic diseases, cancer, health services and the need for palliative care. Her current research interests are in palliative care and the financing of end-of-life care.


    Sue Stewart

    Sue is an Authorised Financial Adviser and Certified Financial PlannerCM.  Sue's motivation to complete the Graduate Diploma in Personal Financial Planning was initially so that Sue and her husband, who is a doctor, could have informed discussions with a financial adviser.  With interest piqued however this then led to a career in providing personal financial planning services to other health professionals.  Sue is a co-owner of MFAS, a privately owned financial planning company with a niche focus on helping health professionals accumulate wealth during their working years, and then providing continued planning for peace of mind during their retirement years.

    For the team at MFAS it is all about the planning!  To help bring financial planning to life MFAS uses software to quantify what clients are looking to achieve, and then what choices they can make to realise their goals.  We then provide solutions to ensure clients have the highest likelihood of achieving their goals, while maintaining their own specific risk tolerance.

    Rachel Beech 

    Rachel has worked as a registered nurse for over 14 yrs. The majority of this time has been spent working with addictions in Auckland. 

    After moving to Northland some 8 years ago Rachel was approached to lead the development of the Northland detoxification service – Timatanga Hou. This has proven to be a wonderful opportunity that she has enjoyed very much.  Rachel has remained the Clinical Nurse Manager of this service.

    Rachel and her husband have three sons, two of which continue to live in Auckland, with the youngest still living at home.

    She has loved my change of life style to a rural setting and find the people, places and pace very inviting.

    Dr Elizabeth Humm FRNZCGP FDRHMNZ

    Dr Humm came to New Zealand in 1993 after graduating from medicine and training as a GP in England. One year has turned into over 20 as she fell in love with New Zealand and her work at Dargaville Medical Centre.

    Elizabeth works predominantly as a GP, but she also does her quota of on call and emergency, work at the rural hospital in Dargaville and teach GP registrars, PGGPs, Trainee Interns and medical students.  Elizabeth does DSAC work (Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care) and also works for a Maori Health provider. 

    One of Dr Humm's favourite aspects of her job is working at the Detox Unit, Timatanga Hou. The patients are always interesting and Elizabeth thinks sometimes lives are really changed following admission to the unit.

    Despite a busy work life and three teenage children, Elizabeth has so far managed to avoid having to admit herself to the Detox Unit.


    Left: Rachel Beech, Right Dr Elizabeth Humm 

    Professor Ngaire Kerse, MBChB, PhD, FRNZCGP

    Prof Ngaire Kerse is currently the Head of the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland with a part-time general practice clinical commitment and full-time academic work. Her research interests include gerontology research focusing on maintaining function and quality of life, preventing falls and ensuring evidence based delivery of primary medical care. 


    Ian Proudfoot BSc Hons, ACA (ICAEW), CA (NZICA)
    Global Sector Leader for Agribusiness, KPMG/ Head of Agribusiness, KPMG in New Zealand

    Ian grew up in rural West Sussex in Great Britain before gaining a BSc Honours degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick.  He joined KPMG in London in 1992 and completed his Chartered Accounting qualification.

    In 1996, Ian joined KPMG Auckland on an initial 18 month secondment, which has now extended to over 17 years.  Ian has provided audit and transaction services to clients in a wide range of industry sectors.  He was made a partner in the New Zealand firm in October 2004, on completion of a 13 month secondment to Fonterra Co-operative Group where he led the Co-operative's group reporting team.

    Ian formulated and has led KPMG New Zealand's agribusiness sector strategy over the last six years.  Recognising the gap in the market for independent insights and thought leadership on New Zealand's most productive sector, Ian created and has authored the annual KPMG Agribusiness Agenda publications and edits KPMG's weekly Field Notes newsletter (

    Ian is also KPMG's Global Agribusiness Leader.  He is a regular speaker and commentator on matters of significance to the agribusiness sector, both in NZ and internationally, and is fast becoming known as our Food Futurist.


    Dr Fiona Bolden

    Fiona (MBChB Bristol 1990, FRNZCGP 2005) has been a rural GP since 1996, initially in Devon in the UK and then in Raglan since 2002. She has been on the board of the NZRGPN since 2010. She first started getting involved with access to services for patients on the Locality Management Group for the Northern Waikato PHO (2004-2009) and was on the Rural Advisory group for Pinnacle (2008-2010). Fiona has been involved in PRIME since 2002. In 2012 she went part time in general practice which allowed time to take up a role as Primary Care Clinical Leader in Mental Health and Addictions for Midlands PHO and she was recently appointed to the Rural Alliance Group for Midlands.


    Chrissy Hodkinson, PR Advisor, The Raglan House

    Chrissy has been with The Raglan House (formerly known as the Raglan Community House) since November 2009.  Until April 2014 she was Manager of the House but then moved into a part time role, responsible for external relationships including administration and support of the Raglan Suicide Prevention and Awareness and Community Violence Prevention Steering Groups, the Raglan Network of Service Providers, relationships with funders, relationships with iwi and event management.  Also in 2014 The Raglan House received two years funding from the Health Promotion Agency to undertake alcohol work within the Raglan community and Chrissy has added this work to her portfolio.

    Chrissy has considerable management and administration experience.


    Katarina Wirangi Mataira

    Katarina Mataira is a community organiser for whanau and community well-being. Her Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou heritage invested in her the corresponding life long experiences of community education initiatives and Maori language revival. She has collaborated over the course of 35years in  a range of kaupapa Maori based education approaches in community enterprise, grounded in modelling a tikanga/practice that honors the natural dignity and sacredness of people and place. In 2010 she began work on a parenting programme based on nonviolence anchored in a Maori cultural framework. The programme is founded on the premise that aroha (love) is the central pou (support post) that supports healthy relationships, and that we need to firmly implant this pou of aroha within the whanau/ family. It asks the question of parents and community: "What are we modelling for our children when we don't heal our mamae, our hurt?", and,  "What does aroha mean and look like, as a practice in the home and in the community?"  - "Poupoua tiritiria te aroha ki roto ki te whanau".


    Dr Gerald Waters

    Dr Gerald Waters (MBChB, BSc, FRACP) is a Renal Physician at the Midland Regional Renal Centre based at Waikato Hospital. Dr Waters is an Otago graduate who has worked in many hospitals around New Zealand during training both big and small. His areas of interest are undergraduate teaching, interventional nephrology and health information systems.

    Dr Vanessa Blair, FRACS, PhD

    Dr Vanessa Blair is a General Surgeon, and became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2009.  She received the Rotary Club of Auckland Prize for the most distinguished graduate in medicine, awarded for 'all round ability and personal qualities' in 1997.   Her sub-speciality interests include the management of breast disease , thyroid and parathyroid conditions and skin cancer, particularly melanoma.  

    Other areas of interest include hereditary breast cancer and hereditary gastrointestinal cancer which evolved as a result of her PhD.  During the 4 years research for her PhD, Dr Blair worked closely with a large maori family in Tauranga who have an increased risk of both gastric and breast cancer due to an inherited mutation.  She has written many papers and several book chapters in this area.  Dr Blair also has an interest in Lobular Breast Cancer and has been invited to speak at international conferences about this and hereditary stomach cancer.  Currently she is on the International Gastric Cancer Linkage Consortium which meets to produce guidelines.  This year she wrote the international guideline for the management of hereditary lobular breast cancer.

    Dr Blair worked at Whangarei Hospital from 2011 to 2014.   Currently she divides her time between private practice in Whangarei and public practice as a locum surgeon at Nelson and Auckland City hospitals.    She, her husband and 2 young sons are de-weeding and re-native planting 60 acres on the harbour-side of Whangarei Heads and have just built a completely off-the-grid solar powered home. Dr Blair grew up on a farm in a remote corner of Northland, a heritage which fostered an interest in food production and all things culinary!  

    Dr Jo Scott-Jones

    Dr Jo Scott-Jones is the current chairperson of the NZ Rural General Practice Network and the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ. He was born and raised in the UK and completed his GP training in Bristol. He then moved to Australia for two years and then on to Opotiki in New Zealand's Eastern Bay of Plenty where he has lived and worked as a GP since 1992. 

    After five years working in a shared expenses practice with another GP he then worked as a sole principle until 2010 when he restructured the practice and went into partnership with his then GP senior registrar.  

    Dr Scott-Jones has been an enthusiastic teacher of undergraduates since the mid-1990s and since buying and expanding the practice building in 2010, has been able to expand his teaching role now offering places to trainee interns,  PGGP rural, GPEP 1 and 2 registrars, as well as nursing students within the practice. 

    His is a senior lecturer in the Dept GP and Primary healthcare at UoA and coordinator of the  Whakatane Rural Health Interprofessional Immersion Programme. His qualifications include an MbCHb (Sheffield UK 1986), MRCGP (UK), FRNZCGP, DGM, Dip Obs, Dip Sports Medicine, Dip Clin Ed, MMsc (general practice). 

    He sits on the General Practice Leaders Forum , is an executive member of the WONCA Working Party for Rural Practice, is on the Rural SLAT of his local PHO, the rural faculty of the RNZCGP, chairs a regional telehealth steering committee  and is a member of the NZ Rural Broadband Initiative advisory board. 


    Michael Howard

    Michael specialises in health policy, contract and project management, service planning and governance.  He has a career focused in the health sector and has extensive knowledge of primary health care settings and implementation.  Michael has held general management positions in large PHO Networks and senior project management roles in primary care at the Ministry of Health.  His current role at Patients First is also shared with General Practice New Zealand.

    Nina Sawicki, Acting Deputy Medical Director, Primary Care

    Nina is a practising General Practitioner and has been for the past 20 years. Her primary areas of interest are:
  • The value of generalism in medicine
  • Rational prescribing
  • Over-diagnosis and over-treatment
  • Ethical issues arising from unfunded treatments
  • Improving patient health literacy

  • Nina attended Auckland Medical School and has worked at a number of practices including a private urban practice, rural medicine, student health, and a prison medical service.

    Nina joined PHARMAC in November 2014 where she divides half of her time between the organisation and her GP practice. Nina also works part-time as a Fellowship Assessor for the Royal NZ College of GPs and sits on the Quality Board of Compass.

    Dr Steve Main

    An escaped Pom, Steve grew up in London, attended University and then worked for 9 years as a physiologist, focusing on researching male reproductive physiology - (which may explain his ability to talk balls!). Steve got bored with that so back to med school, then toyed with the idea of a few specialties including anaesthetics - enjoyed them all so therefore it was obvious to become a Generalist.

    Dr Main was a GP in Dargaville for 6 months in 1986 then went back to England to work as a GP in Norfolk for 13 years, before returning long term to NZ in 2001. After working as a GP in Dargaville until 2007, Steve became a Rural GP in Hokianga, where he currently works.

    He holds special interests in chronic pain, rural generalist medicine and the problems of social inequality and health.

    Clive Thomson

    Clive Thomson leads the EMA consultancy service in the Bay of Plenty and Central North Island regions. In this role his team deal with over 150 EMA members every year assisting predominantly with dismissals, restructuring, performance management, collective bargaining and remuneration.

    Clive has previously held senior Human Resource Management positions with Fletcher Challenge Forests, McKechnie Metals, and Taranaki Healthcare. He also has a Masters Degree in Commerce (majoring in Management Studies and Labour Relations) from the University of Auckland.

    Dr Carol Atmore

    Dr Carol Atmore has been Chief Medical Officer for the West Coast District Health Board since 2010, and General Practitioner there for many years. 

    She has been leading the West Coast Health System Model of Care redesign over the last three years, with the integration of community care, primary care and hospital services. This has involved a sub-regional approach to hospital services (the 'Transalpine Health Service'), developing Integrated Family Health Services on the West Coast, and using the Health Care Alliance vehicle for joint commissioning and service provision. She has led medical workforce planning with the establishment of the Rural Hospital Medicine generalist workforce within hospital services at Grey Hospital, working alongside specialist colleagues. She has been a key contributor to the process for securing national funding for hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre facility rebuilds at Greymouth and Westport on the West Coast. She has also participated in senior leadership for the South Island Alliance, a regional collaboration of the five South Island district health boards. 

    She has previously worked in Wales as both a General Practitioner and a Staff Grade hospital doctor, and is registered as a General Practitioner in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 

    She has just returned from a three month sabbatical with the Policy Team at the King's Fund in London, and is relocating to Dunedin with her family on return.


    Professor Gregor Coster, CNZM, MB ChB, MSc (Hons), PhD, FRNZCGP, CFInstD

    Gregor is a professional director, presently Chairman of WorkSafe New Zealand, the new Crown Agency responsible for workplace health and safety regulation in New Zealand, and a director of the Accident Compensation Corporation. He has previously been Chairman of District Health Boards New Zealand, Chairman of Counties Manukau and West Coast District Health Boards, Deputy Chairman of Pharmac, director of the Health Funding Authority, Deputy Chairman of Health Workforce New Zealand, Chairman of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and a trustee of Unicef NZ. He was also formerly Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Rural Health. Gregor was previously professor of general practice at the University of Auckland. He holds a PhD in Public Policy and was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007 for services to public health. He is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD


    Craig Johnston, Senior Portfolio Manager, Primary Health Care, MidCentral DHB

    Craig works in the planning and funding team and has responsibility for primary health care portfolio.   He has been extensively involved in both strategic and operational aspects of the DHB's 10 year investment in the development of primary health care.  Craig's interests revolve around the organization of service delivery, particularly how to achieve change.  In 2005 he received a Foxley Fellowship which provided study leave to investigate change in general practice.  He has used this experience to promote increasing accountabilities and incentives for general practice teams to achieve improved population health outcomes. Craig lives on 2 acres of land in Feilding. He has two sons, both of whom have left home.  He enjoys running.  


    Belinda Ray-Johnson, BSc (Hons) Reg Pharm NZ PGDipClinPharm

    Belinda holds the position of Senior Clinical Advisor, Central PHO. Belinda joined the PHO in 2008 as a Clinical Pharmacist. In this role she innovated, developed, managed and delivered clinical medicines management services within primary care. Her current role at Central PHO utilises her enthusiasm for improvement and working with teams across the health continuum to best meet the needs of patients. She leads the Quality Improvement and Change Support Team.


    Sharon Wards

    Sharon is CEO of Tararua Health Group, a private company comprising a number of GP practices, a community hospital and community nursing services.  Based in Dannevirke she is responsible for leading an innovative primary healthcare team of 115 health professionals.  Tararua Health Group has been instrumental over a number of years in the provision of innovative services focused on population health outcomes.  They achieve this in collaboration with a range of other providers in the district. Sharon is originally a "southern girl" with a background in science and business management. She is married with two teenagers.

    Joanne Knight

    Joanne has been the manager of Tokoroa Hospital and Family Health Team (FHT) for 6 years now and took on the management of Taumarunui Hospital and FHT coming up 4 years ago.  She has worked for Waikato DHB for about 25 years with a small break in service prior to her current role.

    Joanne has previously held roles in the Waikato DHB as a quality and risk facilitator (approx. 6 years), manager of one of the family health teams, manager of the referral centre, clinical leader district nursing and 15 years as a district nurse in Te Awamutu.

    Both rural hospital sites are going through some exciting changes with a focus on working more collaboratively with primary health care.  This is a work in progress, but we have made some great headway and will continue to work on the services that we provide to our rural communities.

    Leanne Te Karu

    Leanne is a pharmacist prescriber working primarily in primary care. In addition she has a variety of roles nationally including with the Health Quality Safety Commission as an Expert member of Various Atlases and Te Roopu Maori; as a member of the Clinical Advisory Group to BPAC and as a presenter for the Pharmac Funded He Rongoa Pai He Oranga Whanau Wananga delivering medicines optimisation education.

    She was named Inaugural Pharmacist of the Year in 2013 and is committed to seeking excellence in terms of health care delivery and to achieving health equity for Maori. 

    In this session she discusses the value of a pharmacist prescriber in rural practice with particular emphasis for Maori.



    Rob Visser

    Dr. Rob Visser graduated from the University of Otago in 1995, and is currently the Clinical Director at Central Otago Health Services Ltd. – Dunstan Hospital. He has been in this position for the last 6 years, and prior to that worked full time for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia. 

    This role included rural hospital practice and admitting rights in Kalgoorlie, as well as flying rural and remote general practice clinics. He has completed his GP Fellowship in Australia, and was awarded the FRACGP in 2008. After moving back to NZ, he completed the requirements for the FRNZCGP, and FDRHMNZ in 2009 & 2010. Rob's other academic interests include health service management, and aviation medicine. In 2013 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, and continues to work part time in ICU retrieval, and the RNZAF Aero Medical Evacuation program. Rob's previous presentations have included  talks on emergency airway management, mass casualty retrieval, & rural trauma management.  Married with 2 young children, he has succumbed to peer pressure and now also lists Mountain Biking as one of his hobbies, alongside motor racing.


    Dr Ian Kirkby

    Dr Ian Kirkby began his training at Auckland Medical School as a foundation student when it first opened in 1967.  He graduated in 1973 and shifted to Tokoroa to join Scott and Wiles as a partner in 1977. Dr Kirkby worked as a partner until 3 years ago, when his practice was purchased by Primary Health Care Limited. He has been working in the new premises at the Tokoroa Hospital site since it opened in January 2014. He has been a fellow of the NRZCGP since 1998. 

    Dr Kirby has always enjoyed the family aspect of general practice, and seeing his patients healthy and well is what satisfies him most as a GP.  

    He raised his family in Tokoroa and enjoys family time with his children and grandchildren, and spending time at the beach in Papamoa.


    Julie Sullivan

    Julie Sullivan is the Clinical Nurse Lead at Tokoroa Medical Centre.  She completed her nursing training at Rotorua General Hospital in 1984.  Julie completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2004.

    She previously worked for Drs Barry Knight and Duncan Gadsden for 22 years, prior to the practice being purchased by Primary Health Care Limited.  She is a longstanding member of the Tokoroa community, having moved here when she was 10. Julie was fortunate to be included in the Midlands Health Network Model of Care trip to Seattle and Washington DC in November 2014, and is looking forward to developing the model of care at Tokoroa Medical centre.

    In her spare time Julie spends time with her family and walking a recent addition, a shih tzu puppy.


    Hilde Mullins

    A registered nurse for 27 years, Hilde has spent most of her career in rural and urban general practice settings, as a practice nurse and later as a clinical manager. She currently works for Midlands Health Network Ltd as Nurse Lead service development, in the Model of Care team, who are supporting the implementation of a new model of primary care across the Pinnacle general practice network. Hilde is also one of three nurse leads for the organisation, an innovative model enabling the distribution of nursing leadership functions across the organisation.

    Peter Lagan

    Peter Lagan is a long term community pharmacist ( 30+ years ) with the majority of his pharmacy career in the Hutt Valley, Wellington region. 

    He has a keen interest and experience in supplementation and the balance between medicine and supplementation. Part of these interests has lead to a passion, a focus on probiota and how humans can improve or maintain their health through probiotics , prebiotics and nutritional attention.  His "quest" is for more knowledge and advancements in non pharmaceutical health treatments especially Probiotics/Prebeiotics.   

    More recently Peter has been based in Dresden, Germany  to enable his role in Europe involving the attention to industry moves in Probiotica and Prebiotica and food production. 

    He would like to participate in what could become main stream supplements and accepted medical treatment encouraging preventive health rather than reactionary, interventionist medicine. There is significant international evidence where your gut health through probiotics ( bacteria , yeast, etc ) and their foods, the prebiotics, lead to a human / bacteria symbiosis that can beneficially interact with a positive outcome for  human wellbeing.



    Session Chairs


    Dr William Rolleston

    William is National President of Federated Farmers. He farms in South Canterbury and operates a family owned biological manufacturing business in Timaru which supplies pharmaceutical companies around the world.

    William has held board positions relating to agriculture, science and economic development.  He sits on the Government's Science Board. He was the founding chairman of Biotenz (now NZBio - the biotechnology industry organisation) and of the Life Sciences Network – an umbrella organisation of science and industry organisations who advocated for science based regulation of genetic modification during the GM debate.

    He has a degree in medicine, practicing until 2002 as a locum GP in South Canterbury's urban and rural practices as well as locum medical officer in the Timaru Hospital Emergency Department.  In 2009 William was awarded the Distinguished Biotechnologist of the Year for services to the biotechnology industry.

    Robert Gonzales

    Robert has been working in the health sector over the last 23 years and currently is the CEO of Waitaki District Health Services Limited, a Council-owned company that operates the Oamaru Hospital and employs 180 staff.  

    He has a passion for Rural Health and supports the provision of hospital and community health services close to home. Oamaru Hospital is the first community-owned rural health provider to successfully install and operate a CT Scanner in New Zealand.  The hospital recently achieved facility accreditation for RHM training and is looking forward to commencing the training in the near distant future.

    Robert has also been a director for the Otago-Southland Employers Association for 6 years and is currently actively involved with the Rotary Club of Oamaru.

    Visit for further information on the range of health services provided to the Waitaki community.


    Dr Jenny May

    Dr Jenny May is Clinical Dean at the Rural Clinical School Tamworth Campus of the Joint Medical Programme. Her role encompasses oversight of undergraduate teaching activities, research and evaluation in primary health care as well as support of postgraduate training and the rural workforce. Her research interests include new models of general practice in rural and remote areas, and primary health care integration. Her area of PHD study is related to regional centre medical workforce including both specialists and GPs. She works at Peel Health Care, a not for profit general practice in Tamworth. She holds fellowships of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

    Jenny is the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) representative on the National Rural Health Alliance. She has been involved in numerous committees and working parties around rural health issues and sits on the Commonwealth Governments advisory group on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Jenny has lived and worked in the New England area since 1984 with a five year sojourn in remote Western Australia's Pilbara and a year's work in a remote Indigenous community in British Columbia, Canada in 2004. She was named Telstra RDAA Rural Doctor of the Year in November 2014.


    Conference Presentations

    A PDF of each conference presentation (where permission has been granted) is listed below.


    Speaker interviews YouTube (courtesy Mobile Health)


    Keynote Presentations 

    (in programme order)

    Dr Lance O'Sullivan  (coming soon)

    Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health - speech notes

    Connecting the Rural Education Pipeline Keynote (multiple presentations below)

    Lucie Walters - Connecting the rural pipeline

    Peter Crampton - Educating rural health professionals

    Garry Nixon - Working group on the future development of rural health in the Division of Health Sciences


    Ernesto Sirolli Keynote (no supporting presentation material)

    Julianne Badenoch - Aussie PHC Nurses Keeping it close to home

    Dan Allbon and Olivia Hill - Then till now

    Dinesha Kumarawansa - Looking through a rural lens

    Damian Tomic - ManageMyHealth Patient Portal

    Malcolm Falconer - Beating the Blues National E-therapy Service for adults

    Rawiri Jansen - Challanges for Maori Doctors

    Rhys Jones - Advocacy for health, equity and sustainability


    Concurrent Presentations (in alphabetical order by first name)

    Alex Bartle - Sleep Disorders and their Management

    Alison Pirret - Research on nurse practitioner diagnostic reasoning 

    Anne Burston - Advances in the treatment of vertigo

    Barbara Docherty - Weight management and prevention: finding the right words

    Branko Sijnja - Rural Medical Immersion Programme

    Carole Atmore - Sustainable rural health service delivery

    Clive Thomson - Hiring and Firing - avoiding the employment minefield

    Craig Johnston, Belinda Ray-Johnson and Sharon Wards - Shifting services closer to home - how well are we doing?

    David Bratt - Firstly do no harm

    Emily Gill and Philippa Callaghan - Te Whanau a Apanui Community Health Our slice of Paradise, despite the noxious weeds!

    Fiona Bolden, Chrissy Hodkinson and Katerina Wirangi Mataira - Community health models:suicide prevention and parenting without violence

    Garry Nixon - Equity of access to secondary health services for rural patients

    Gayle Lindley - Rural Nursing…..joys & challenges

    Gerald Waters - Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care

    Gregor Coster - WorkSafe NZ - Implications of Health & Safety Reforms on rural businesses and workers

    Heather McLeod - Deaths in New Zealand and the Need for Palliative Care

    Helen Moweka Barnes - Hapu Ora: wellbeing in the early stages of life

    Hilde Mullins - Community Services….new models of care

    Ian Kirkby and Julie Sullivan - The Physician Associate role, a Practice and personal perspective

    Joanne Knight & Shameem Safih - Integration Journey……where are we at? - Collocation - an opportunity to think and work differently

    Karl Metzler - Technological Advances in Rural Hospitals - People Process and Technology

    Lyn Dunlop - Rural Nursing…..joys & challenges-  Figs, Fejoas, Fishing and Feral - A discussion on scope and nature of Rural Nursing from Northern Buller

    Ngaire Kerse - LiLACS NZ – People in advanced age, a rural perspective

    Nina Sawicki - PHARMAC and the rural GP

    Patrick McHugh - How to set up the Rural Hospital Medicine registrar training in your rural hospital facility

    Peter Lagan - Should our kids eat more dirt and lick their pets – is dirtier possibly healthier?  A Pharmacist's view on Probiotics

    Rachel Beech and Elizabeth Humm - Extending Scopes of Practice in Rural Hospitals - Timatanga Hou Detoxification Service Dargaville Hospital

    Rob Visser - Rural Hospital Medicine Registrar Training Program

    Ross Fieldes - Extending the Scope of Practice in Rural Hospitals -  Minor Ops

    Ross Lawrenson - 2015 Rural Hospital Doctors Survey

    Roy Davidson -  Technological Advances in Rural Hospitals - Telehealth at Kaitaia District Hospital A Case Study

    Sam King, Richard Stacey and Tim Cookson - Being Doc Martin – why your medico-legal risk is different

    Sarah Clarke - How To Train Your Dragon… and other tips for setting up Rural Hospital Medicine registrar training in your rural hospital facility

    Scott Wilson - Integration Journey....where are we at? - Nostalgia……Its not what it used to be

    Shaun Phelan - Succession planning and exit strategies for GPs

    Steve Main - Chronic Pain in Primary Care

    Tania Pinfold - Challenges and solutions in contraception and sexual health for young people

    Tim Fletcher - From New Zealand general practice to Papua New Guinea and back

    Vanessa Blair - Update on Breast Cancer: Rural Perspectives

    Wayne Reid - Health Diversity and Changing Face of Rural and Urban Canterbury





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