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Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP) at the University of Otago

The one-year-long Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP) for fifth-year medical students offers an exciting new generation of learning. It integrates community, primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care through real-life experiential learning across the three clinical schools of Otago School of Medicine. For more information about the programme and who to contact click here.


Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice

The Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP) and Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP) are targeted at doctors practicing or training in rural and remote general practice and / or rural hospital medicine. They are distance-taught and make it possible to undertake relevant study while continuing to live and work in a rural community. The papers are clinically focused with a lot of case-based small group work and there is one 4–6 day residential workshop per paper. The distance learning tools employed include videoconferencing (Zoom) and an interactive web-based teaching platform (Moodle). To find out more please click here. 

Rural Health Interprofessional Programme (RHIP) 

Multi-disciplinary rural immersion health training placements by the University of Auckland (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences), Auckland University of Technology, Waikato Institute of Technology, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Toi Oho Mai, Awanuiarangi, Massey University, University of Canterbury and the University of Otago (Division of Health Sciences) offering undergraduate students from different health disciplines together to learn and gain clinical experience in rural New Zealand.  To find out more click here.

Pūkawakawa Programme (University of Auckland)

To hear about the programme click here.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ben is a fifth year medical student at the School of Medicine, Fac­ulty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Taranaki Campus. He is an undergraduate student initially from Leeston, Can­terbury. In 2018, Ben served as the President of Grassroots Rural Health Club at the University of Auckland, and co-founded Students of Rural Health Aotearoa (SoRHA), the first and only national inter­disciplinary rural health student network. In 2019, he has served as an acting chair of SoRHA. He was also Vice-President External of the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA), and served on the organising committee for NZMSA Conference 2019: Empower. In his spare time (what spare time) he loves to tramp, travel and socialise with his mates.

New Zealand Medical Student Journal, November 2019

Ben Alsop-ten Hove


Debbie Hughes is a General Practitioner (GP) and Medical Director of Anamata CAFE (Clinics and Advice for Everyone), a youth one-stop shop health clinic that services the wider Taupō region. Established over 30 years ago, Anamata CAFE is a charitable trust employing 13 staff who are passionate about ensuring young people have easy access to health care providers and sexual health education, empowering them to make healthy and safe choices and transition successfully into adulthood. The authors sat down to chat with Debbie and her colleague Sue van Mierlo, a Nurse Practitioner, to discuss their career journey, what Anamata CAFE does, and the reality of youth and sexual health services in New Zealand (NZ).

New Zealand Medical School Journal, November 2019

Emily Yi, Tim Hall


INTRODUCTION: The health sector is facing considerable challenges to meet the health needs of rural communities. Nurse practitioners (NPs) deliver primary health care (PHC) services similar to general practitioner (GP) services, within a health equity and social justice paradigm. Despite GP workforce deficits, New Zealand has been slow to effectively utilise NPs.


Journal of Primary Healthcare, June 2019

Sue Adams, Jenny Carryer