Preconference day

8.00am - 5.30pm Conference registration desk open
7.00pm  Doctors' and nurses' dinner


8.30am - 1.30pm Rural hospital medicines update
  RHAANZ Council meeting
  Kaumaatua Hui
  NZRGPN board meeting


10.00am - 4.00pm Research day
Cost: $100, includes catering
Intercontinental Hotel

The rural research day is a chance for individuals or groups to present current research relevant to the rural health care sector. A full programme of the day will be available early 2017.

9.30am - 12.00pm Steroid joint injections
Ruth Highet
Cost:$50 includes morning tea

2.00pm - 5.00pm Tinnitis: the causes and how to treat it
Jason King MNZAS Senior Audiologist Christchurch
Bay Audiology

(CME accredited)
Cost: $50 includes afternoon tea

2.00pm - 5.00pm Free yourself from paperwork 
Celia Tymons, GP Docs
Cost: $50

Don't we all just love writing documentation for general practice policies and procedures? With Cornerstone and Foundation standards now driving us to ensure we have accurate, adequate, and articulate policies and procedures, we all know that it's impossible to run or hide from them. How can you fit this extra work into your already stretched work schedule? How can you ask your work colleagues to take on some of this workload when they are just as busy as you are? How do you know that what you're writing is going to meet the required standards? How do you manage the process long-term? Where do you start?

All is not lost. It is possible to learn effective and efficient ways to document your policies and procedures. This session will help you understand how secure, collaborative, quality assured, and best practice online documentation is the solution.

Streamliners are subject experts in producing the highest level of industry-specific documentation in NZ, Australia, and the UK. Streamliners is the company that has brought you HealthPathways, HealthInfo, SchoolDocs, and GPDocs ( Let us help you understand how to take the pain and the unknown out of writing your policies and procedures, and how to make them useful and usable to improve your business. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Cornerstone becomes a lot easier to tackle if you get your documents working well. How can you afford not to find out more?!

Policies and procedures – After this session you'll understand the need to:
  • Change your thinking about them
  • Streamline them
  • Standardise them
  • Keep them current
  • Make them accessible
  • Make them more cost effective
  • Apply them in a way to improve many aspects of your business
  • Collaborate to improve quality
  • Use best practice methods
  • Reduce risk
  • Be prepared for your Cornerstone/Foundation assessment
2.00pm - 5.00pm Nurses forum

Day one

7.30am - 6.00pm Conference registration desk open
8.30am - 9.15am Mihi whakatau and official conference opening
9.15am - 9.30am Opening address
9.30am - 10.15am Keynote address
Political forum
10.15am - 10.45am Morning tea
10.45am - 11.25am Concurrent session 1
   1A  1B  1C  1D  1E  1F
  Accessing fertility treatment  
Dr Simon McDowell 

Travel medicine
Jenny Visser
Sports medicine for GPs
Ruth Highet
 Advanced care planning
Geoff Annals

Twin careers: medicine and farming
Dr William Rolleston and Dr Tanya Quin
Effective financial planning – pulling the pieces together
Sue Stewart and Hamish McPhail
11.30am - 12.10pm Concurrent session 2
   2A  2B 2C 2D 2E 2F
  Probiotics, the microbiome
Anders Henriksson
Wilderness medicine - here and afar
Tristan Sames
Bridging secondary to community care

The Cook Islands: developing capacity and a training programme - linking to rural remote practice in NZ and beyond
Kati Blattner

Understanding the biomechanics and physical demands of one of the toughest rural industries - shearing
Laura Hancock

Climate change and the effect on the rural sector and on health
James Renwick

12.10pm - 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm - 1.55pm  Concurrent session 3
  3A 3B 3C 3D 3E 3F
  COPD (new inhalers) 
Andy Davies
Biologics  in General Practice. Why do we need to be interested?
Bryan Betty, PHARMAC  
Community placements for interns (PGY1s and PGY2s)  
Andrew Connolly
Point-of-care testing to improve access and improve outcomes in rural and general practice 
Catherine Beazley, Kati Blattner and Geoff Heard

Framework to improve rural mental health and addictions outcomes for rural New Zealanders
Services to Support Beneficiaries Back into Suitable Employment
David Bratt, Ministry of Social Development
2.00pm - 2.40pm Concurrent session 4
  4A 4B 4C 4D 4E 4F
  Sleep related issues
Andy Davies

Cxbladder: Empowering GPs for evaluation of haematuria
David Darling

Establishing a network for rural hospital nurses
Panel- Mark Emmerson, Rhonda Johnson, Debi Lawry
Framework to improve rural mental health and addictions outcomes for rural New Zealanders
Pat Farry Trust Education Scholarship report
2.45pm - 3.15pm Afternoon tea
3.15pm - 4.00pm Keynote address
Health economics
Eric Crampton
4.00pm - 4.45pm Keynote address
PRIME review - panel discussion
4.45pm - 5.30pm  Awards ceremony
Peter Snow Memorial Award
Leadership in Health Promotion award Te Hiringa Hauora
5.30pm - 7.00pm Welcome reception among the exhibition area
7.00pm onwards Student dinner

Day two

8.00am - 5.30pm Conference registration desk open
7.30am - 8.45am Breakfast sessions
Medtech Breakfast session

AbbVie Breakfast session
New horizons for your hepatitis C patients: offering treatment in the community
9.00am - 9.45am Keynote address
Rural mental health and wellbeing
Matt Shirtcliffe
9.45am - 10.30am Keynote address
Bullying and family violence in New Zealand
Norm Hewitt
10.30am - 11.00am Morning tea
11.00am - 11.40am Concurrent session 5
   5A 5B 5C 5D 5E 5F
  Caring for older people in rural aged residential care homes
Maree Todd, BUPA
Dental emergencies

Connecting New Zealand's telehealth services with rural communities
Andrew Slater, Homecare Medical
Screening and reporting family violence
Paula Anderson
Celebrate successes and exciting careers in rural health for students
Sanofi workshop 
Managing travel and sick days for diabetics
John Wilson
11.45am - 12.25pm Concurrent session 6
  6A 6B 6C 6D 6E 6F
  Antibiotic stewardship 
Jared Green

Rural immersion training RHN
Unknown Unknowns in New Zealand Rural Health 
Garry Nixon
Career pathways in rural health
Student panel
Sanofi workshop 
Approaches to insulin intensification
John Wilson
12.30pm - 1.10pm  Concurrent session 7
  7A 7B
7C   7D
  Multidisciplinary training
Sue Pullon
Telehealth / Telemedicine update             
John Garrett
Exploitation for the greater good- making sure everyone gets the most out of student placements
Buzz Burrell and John Burton
Rehabilitation - rural hospital outcomes leading NZ
Rhonda Johnson
Capacity assessments for legal purposes
Dr Zarko Kamenica, MPS 
Cardiology update - case studies in assessment and management
Fraser Hamilton, Heart Foundation
1.10pm - 2.10pm Lunch
2.15pm - 3.00pm  Keynote address
Does NZ need a rural school of medicine?
Garry Nixon and Ross Lawrenson
3.00pm - 3.45pm Keynote address
Speaker TBC
3.45pm - 4.15pm Afternoon tea
4.15pm - 5.00pm Keynote address
Fat Science: Why diets and exercise don't work and what does
Robyn Toomath
5.00pm  Conference close
5.15pm - 6.00pm NZRGPN AGM
7.00pm onwards Informal dinner and dance

Day three - Breakfast forums at the Intercontinental

9.00am - 12.00pm Network members breakfast forum
10.00am - 12.00pm Student breakfast forum


 We would like to thank our sponsors for all of their support

 Breakfast session  
Registration package sponsor

Catering sponsor 
 Catering sponsor
The Network's health promotion partner