Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Health


Waikato University inks next step to rural medical school

Waikato University inks next step to rural medical school

Neal WallaceFeb 13, 2024
The school will focus on training medical staff for rural practices.

Surf’s up in Raglan as farmers catch a wave

Farmers WeeklyNov 29, 2023
Surfing for Farmers gets folk out on the water after a tough year on farm.

Telehealth service is a start, not a solution

Craig PageNov 23, 2023
Political parties need to make good on election promises about better rural health care, writes Craig Page.

‘Fewer births’ cited for rural unit closures

Richard RennieOct 9, 2023
Te Whatu Ora says pregnant women are choosing to access a distant hospital rather than two rural birthing units.


Birth unit closures threaten to strand rural Waikato women

Birth unit closures threaten to strand rural Waikato women

Richard RennieOct 6, 2023
Operators claim the unit had seen only 40 parents use the facility so far this year – and that only six women went into labour.
Election 2023: Improving rural health services

Election 2023: Improving rural health services

Neal WallaceOct 4, 2023
Farmers Weekly asks New Zealand’s six biggest parties to spell out their policies for the primary sector.
Politicians agree on diagnosis, but not the cure

Politicians agree on diagnosis, but not the cure

Neal WallaceSep 29, 2023
Health debate takes place as alarming new stats released.
Overseas GPs offered $20,000 ‘relocation funds’ to work in rural NZ

Overseas GPs offered $20,000 ‘relocation funds’ to work in rural NZ

Neal WallaceSep 8, 2023
Rural Health Network wins funding from Health NZ to support recruitment for primary care practices.
Take it from me, you don’t want Lepto

Take it from me, you don’t want Lepto

Steve Wyn-HarrisSep 4, 2023
Steve Wyn-Harris returns briefly to the Ridge to give warning about a wet-season lambing hazard that recently caught him with his gloves off.
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Study flags higher mortality in rural NZ

Neal WallaceJul 12, 2023
Under-30s in the most rural communities are dying twice as fast as city peers.
Network welcomes ‘mighty first step’ for rural health

Network welcomes ‘mighty first step’ for rural health

Neal WallaceJul 6, 2023
Workforce plan and election promise ‘reflect our thinking'.
Minister praises rural health ‘resilience’

Minister praises rural health ‘resilience’

Neal WallaceMay 11, 2023
Sector has challenges but is not collapsing, says Prime.
Rural GP practice delivers joys and trials

Rural GP practice delivers joys and trials

Neal WallaceApr 24, 2023
It’s not all tough going, recalls long-serving rural doctor.
Dr Sue Fowlie sits at her desk.

Rakaia Medical Centre staff ‘knackered’

Neal WallaceApr 24, 2023
Dr Sue Fowlie says her staff are burnt out, but replacing them with offshore personnel is costly.
Doctors taking strain as rural health shortages persist

Doctors taking strain as rural health shortages persist

Neal WallaceApr 11, 2023
Survey finds rural hospital doctors feel even more overworked than a year ago.
Time to rethink how we farm without harm

Time to rethink how we farm without harm

Guest writerMar 29, 2023
Cyclone Gabrielle taught us hard lessons about preserving farmer wellbeing in the era of climate change.
Covid exposed faultlines in rural health

Covid exposed faultlines in rural health

Craig PageFeb 14, 2023
Report outlines challenges faced by far-flung communities during pandemic.
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Capsule rethink puts focus on planning

Farmers WeeklyJan 11, 2023
Sheep farmers urged to think ahead given likely unavailability of drench capsules.
The Glob continues championing rural health

The Glob continues championing rural health

Charlie WilliamsonOct 13, 2022
October is shaping up to be a busy month for the Glob – the orange caravan you may have already seen carrying out free health checks at rural events nationwide.
Staying in top form on-farm

Staying in top form on-farm

Farmers WeeklySep 29, 2022
Reflecting on his own career, Kane Brisco says he went through some challenging times as a sharemilker.
Rose Collis seated in her laboratory.

Resisting the antibiotic bug

Richard RennieJun 22, 2022
Greater use of antibiotics in production animal systems has been attributed to the growth in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) globally. But until now little has been known about AMR in New Zealand farm systems, and whether grazing cows outdoors in a grass-fed system has any influence on its prevalence. Post-doctoral researcher Rose Collis has helped lift the level of that knowledge. She spoke to Richard Rennie.
Man with his children in paddock

Achieving the right work-life balance on-farm

Guest writerJun 20, 2022
Jonathon Hoets is a farm manager at Kairoa Dairies Limited, which is part of the Rylib Group farming…
Headshot of Dr Branko Sijnja.

Rural advocate rewarded for contribution

Neal WallaceJun 14, 2022
A long-time advocate for rural health services in Otago, Dr Branko Sijnja, has been awarded the Peter Snow…
Grant Davidson poses in front of a hedge.

Health reforms to prioritise rural communities

Neal WallaceJun 9, 2022
The last minute inclusion of a rural health strategy in the Government’s Healthy Futures Bill is being hailed…
Axel Heiser in front of a bookshelf.

More than covid in RNA tech solutions

Richard RennieMay 30, 2022
A chapter of this year’s budget outlining a $40 million investment into RNA vaccination research passed with little fanfare. But it was met with much celebration from scientists involved in this area of flexible, rapid vaccination deployment suitable for both humans and production animals. Richard Rennie spoke to Axel Heiser, principal scientist at AgResearch and one of NZ’s few experts in the RNA vaccination field.
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Taking off the blinkers

Farmers WeeklyMay 17, 2022
Paul Walker runs a 300-cow, 90-hectare dairy farm in Pongakawa, just south of Te Puke, in Bay of Plenty. He discusses the difference Farmstrong has made to his farming.
NZ farmers feeding NZ families

NZ farmers feeding NZ families

Farmers WeeklyApr 22, 2022
The Meat the Need national charity is celebrating two years in business with key partner Silver Fern Farms joining the party.
Rural focus missed in health reform

Rural focus missed in health reform

Neal WallaceApr 21, 2022
Rural communities should be a priority health focus alongside women, Māori, Pacific and people with disabilities in the Government’s health reforms, according to a NZ Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN) submission.
Wayne Shelford photographed at the beach with surf in the background and some shady trees.

Men’s Muster bringing Buck back to Fiordland

Farmers WeeklyApr 5, 2022
The Men’s Muster is back for a second year, with Te Anau hosting the event from August 25-27.
NZ’s high melanoma death rates ‘no surprise’

NZ’s high melanoma death rates ‘no surprise’

Gerald PiddockApr 1, 2022
NEW research showing that New Zealand has the highest death rate of melanoma in the world is of little surprise, a health researcher says.
Rural GPs get skin in cancer game

Rural GPs get skin in cancer game

Richard RennieMar 17, 2022
Skin cancer, so often the curse of New Zealand farmers will be subdued if not banished, by a new initiative to educate rural health professionals on its detection...
No need to struggle alone

No need to struggle alone

Farmers WeeklyMar 15, 2022
Dairy farmer Graham Berry milks 240 cows on a 145-hectare West Coast farm near Franz Josef. Farmstrong caught up with him to get his thoughts on living well to farm well.
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Farming in a pressure cooker

Colin WilliscroftMar 14, 2022
A rapidly changing world is forcing change on farmers faster than ever before, but 2019 Nuffield scholar Corrigan Sowman suggests taking some lessons from the All Blacks’ playbook can help.
Kathryn Wright walks towards the camera down a farm track with a small dog by her side.

Prioritising men’s mental health

Neal WallaceMar 2, 2022
Studies into the state of mental health of rural New Zealanders are scant at best. Among young rural men it is virtually non-existent, something counsellor and Southland deer farmer Kathryn Wright is about to rectify.
No need to do it alone

No need to do it alone

Guest writerFeb 14, 2022
Todd and Anneke Reeves manage 480 cows on a 250ha family farm in Pukekohe, South Auckland. Todd recently shared his thoughts with Farmstrong on how to live well to farm well.
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Exemption scheme to keep sector running

Farmers WeeklyFeb 10, 2022
The Government has announced a new close contact exemption scheme to help keep critical supply chains running if impacted by Omicron.
Marty Robinson

Start each day afresh

Farmers WeeklyFeb 8, 2022
Kiwifruit industry stalwart Marty Robinson says the challenges facing growers this summer require a different mindset to both work and wellbeing.
Rural GPs brace themselves for Omicron spread

Rural GPs brace themselves for Omicron spread

Gerald PiddockFeb 1, 2022
MANAGING Omicron in rural areas is likely to mean more medical consultations carried out either virtually or over the phone.
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Meat industry planning for Omicron

Neal WallaceJan 25, 2022
Silver Fern Farms is preparing for the imminent arrival of the covid Omicron variant, but says it is business as usual.
Sean Carnachan stands in front of kiwifruit vines in fruit.

Don’t sweat what you can’t control

Farmers WeeklyJan 20, 2022
With 40 years’ experience in the kiwifruit industry, Sean Canarchan has some clear ideas about what it takes to last the distance.
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