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Te Whare Taumata o Ngā Hōhipere Taiwhenua

Rural Hospitals

Te Whare Taumata o Ngā Hōhipere Taiwhenua is the highly valued leader of the rural hospital sector in Aotearoa. 

About Us

Rural hospitals work closely with rural general practices, allied health and other clinical and social support services to improve the health and wellbeing of the rural communities we live and work with.  

We also work closely with each other, often sharing staffing, information and systems that enhance the way we provide services. Our annual Rural Hospital Summit brings us together to discuss common issues and solutions. Many of us participate in the recruitment, education and training of our rural health workforce. We contribute to research and initiatives that enhance the body of knowledge about the role of rural hospitals in improving rural health outcomes. 

Through the work we do and our relationships, locally, regionally and nationally, we bring an informed and united rural hospital perspective to Hauora Taiwhenua.  

Through Hauora Taiwhenua, we endeavour to influence government policy and the implementation of Governments Health Reforms – particularly those that will enable us to contribute to equitable health outcomes for our rural communities.  

Our work also involves promoting and supporting the role of rural hospitals in the recruitment, education and training of the rural hospital workforce.  

Executive Committee

Kathy de Luc

Chief Executive Central Otago Health Services, Dunstan Hospital

Dr Sarah Clarke

Clinical Director Rural Hospital Medicine Te Whatu Ora, Northern District