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Established in July 2022, the Rural Health Research Network (RHRN) is building an academic research community for interdisciplinary rural health academics and higher degree students living and working in rural communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.

RHRN is an initiative of the Rural Health Section and Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit.

We aim to create an outstanding virtual academic research environment, and to ensure the University's social responsibility for Aotearoa New Zealand's rural and Māori communities is addressed.

As we grow we intend to create opportunities for knowldge-sharing, training and collaborative reseach with external academics, other rural health entities and rural communities.

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Principal members

Research and activities

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