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Southcare Practice Manager Megan Rolfe has recently returned from a national Rural Health Seminar at which the South Taranaki Medical Trust has attracted major attention for doing what the seminar is exhorting all rural areas concerned about recruiting and retaining GPs to do.

While the best known deterrent is the long working hours and heavy after-hours expected of Rural GPs, the sheer cost of setting up and staffing a solo practice is also significant and totally uninteresting in an environment where GPs face great difficulty selling their rural practices.

“There is another advantage of working collectively” says Megan Rolfe “and that is the support and peer supervision that experienced GPs can offer new doctors either arriving in New Zealand to practice or starting fresh from Medical School”.

Issues covered at the seminar included:

  • Using state of the art technology to develop collegial relationships with other Rural GP’s.
  • Enabling medical students the opportunity of exposure in a rural GP setting, allowing them to experience first hand how rewarding a career as a rural GP can be.

“But the greatest highlight was knowing that in South Taranaki we are leading the way in the delivery of Primary Healthcare services through both our own Trust, and the Patea Doctor’s Trust” she said.

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The South Taranaki Medical Trust was registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 on 14 February 2008. Registration No. CC21119