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National Rural Health Conference 2017

Welcome to the 2017 National Rural Health Conference website.  

Wellington is the host city for the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network's National Rural Health Conference in 2017. With an election looming, the Capital seemed a fitting location to host the conference with a first-up political keynote session featuring Government, Opposition and minor parties' health spokespeople addressing the big health issues relevant to rural communities in New Zealand.

Overall, there will be eight keynote speakers and six concurrent session streams covering medical and nursing, management, research, rural hospital, models of care and community presentations over the two main days – Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. Visit the programme tab on this page for more details. CME accreditation will be notified on this site when approved and allocated by the Royal New Zealand College of GPs. 

 The conference theme is "Healthy Rural Communities – Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora, Wai Ora" and the TSB Arena-Shed 6 complex on the Wellington waterfront is the venue for the conference.  

Preconference workshops on Thursday, March 30, herald the event's start followed by keynote and concurrent sessions and exhibition/trade days on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, culminating with members' breakfasts and political sessions on Sunday, April 2. 

The conference programme also offers a range of social activities including an official welcome function and gala dinner along with doctors', nurses' and students' dinners and casual networking opportunities. 

 An awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Friday, March 31 when accolades including the Peter Snow Memorial Award and the Leadership in Health Promotion award 'Te Hiringa Hauora' will be presented.  

The conference will be held in association with the New Zealand Rural Hospital Network and the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand. 

To view the programme click here

 To register for the conference and individual sessions please click here.

Early bird registration rates will be available until Thursday 16 February 2017.

To book your accommodation click here.  

On behalf of the 2017 conference organising committee, I invite you to attend this exciting event and be part of an annual celebration of rural primary health care. We look forward to seeing you in Wellington in 2017. 

Rob Olsen
NZRGPN conference manager