Rural Health

Concern for Canterbury farmers suffering anxiety or depression

[11 October/Stuff] Concerns for farmers and others in rural Canterbury mounted due to years of drought, earthquakes and the recent Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation Consultant, Paul Wynards, said farmers were worried about Mycoplasma bovis because of the uncertainty as to when it may hit them. In 2016-2017, 22 farmers committed suicide...

Giving rural people’s health top priority

[8 October/Rural Life] Dunedin based osteopath, Kelly Burnett, aspired to continue helping rural people get the best out of their bodies. She has a passion for farming and the rural community and believes rural people often did not recognise themselves as the most important tool on their farm or in their business. She was unsure...

Survey shows rural people less likely to ask for help with mental health

[5 October/The Country] According to a survey by Bayer New Zealand and Country TV, seven out of 10 rural New Zealanders had felt higher stress levels over the last five years. It asked participants questions regarding their views on topics impacting New Zealand today, including rural health. Of those who reported increased stress, 54 percent...

Rural health failure: RHAANZ to shut down if not funded

[10 April/The Country] The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) agreed it would shut down if it did not receive government funding on Thursday. RHAANZ Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson, said they presented a bid to Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor in November but were yet to receive an answer. She added that more than...