Rural people are being invited to share the stories about why the team at their local general practice is the best in the country.

Entries for the Rural General Practice Team of the Year Award 2018 are now open and the winner of the fourth annual award will be announced at the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN) national rural health conference in Auckland in April.

The inaugural award was won by Raglan’s West Coast Health Clinic in 2015, followed by Martinborough Medical Centre in 2016 and Ngunguru Medical Centre in 2017.

Michelle Thompson, the chief executive of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, said the competition was going from strength to strength.

“It is the perfect opportunity for the rural community to tell us their stories about how rural general practice teams go ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty in providing health services to their rural communities,”said Thompson.

“We want to encourage as many rural people as possible to tell their stories and nominate their favourite rural practice.”

She said the alliance was offering this award in partnership with the NZRGPN, the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and New Zealand Doctor.

Entries are open until close of business on Friday, March 9, 2018 and will be judged by a panel comprising representatives from each of the award partners.

The winning practice receives a prize up to the value of $1500 and the winning nominator will receive a prize up to the value of $500.

Entries can be submitted online or posted. However, to make collation and judging easier the organisers would prefer as many entries as possible are completed online.

More information about the competition is available at Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand.  


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