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Rural Health Section

With a focus on rural health research, the Dunedin School of Medicine's Rural Postgraduate Programme provides postgraduate education for generalist doctors working in rural general practice and hospitals.


The Programme’s aim is to improve healthcare and health outcomes for rural and remote communities in NZ and wider South Pacific through teaching and research excellence, and is based on the principle of social accountability and community engagement.

Rural postgraduate education and qualifications

This programme offers several postgraduate courses to rural GPs and clinicians:

Continuing medical education (CME)

This programme runs regular continuing medical education events aimed at doctors involved in rural generalist practice.


The research interests of faculty include disparities in rural vs urban health outcomes and access to services, diagnostic services in rural areas and rural health professional education and vocational training.

Our people

Our team is dedicated to the development of the NZ rural health workforce and training