Posts tagged "Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand"

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...

Action on rural mental health wanted now

[8 February/Rural Life] Rural mental health is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson, said that although there have been positive announcements since the election, rural communities cannot wait for another government inquiry into mental health. They have plans in place, however the...

Rural suicide prevention policy needed to lower rates

 [11 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand has called for a new suicide prevention policy that was specifically designed to address the risk of rural working age men committing suicide. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand Chairman, Dr Jo Scott-Jones, said there were particular pressures on rural people that...

Proposed rurally-focussed medical school wins praise

 [21 October/ Rural News] The Government was currently considering a proposal put forward by the University of Waikato and the Waikato Health Board to establish a new rurally focused medical school in New Zealand. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson said the organisation welcome the proposal. Ms Thompson added that it...

Drug problems hit new high

 [8 August/ Farmers Weekly] Federated Farmers Health and Safety Spokesperson, Katie Milne said evidence of the rising use of methamphetamine in the rural sector had come as quite a shock for many farmers. Ms Milne added that while Federated Farmers had incorporated a drug and alcohol policy into new employment contracts, not all farmers were...

Decent rural broadband to open up the way for better rural health

[16 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHANZ) held a RuralFest conference in Wellington to raise awareness around mental illness and to promote the need for more Government resources. Issues discussed included research and data collection, broadband connectivity, better health facilities, and improving wellbeing to address stress. Improved rural...

Call for more rural mental health funding

[24 August/ Radio NZ Rural] Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson said the recently announced $500,000 funding boost for mental health initiatives was a good start, but more funding was needed to solve complex mental health issues. The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand is to work with the Ministry of...