This workshop provides one important professional connection between the Cook Islands clinicians and the professional organisations of New Zealand. Since the Cook Islands Ministry of Health and the Rural Postgraduate Programme first held the workshop at Rarotonga Hospital in 2012, it has been run annually at Rarotonga and New Zealand in alternating years. The workshop provides a forum for exchange of clinical, professional, and cultural experience between doctors working in New Zealand and the remote Cook Islands.
This workshop is aimed at generalist doctors who work in rural hospitals and/or rural general practice. All the speakers have a rural background, and most of them are regular speakers/tutors on the Postgraduate Diploma of Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice papers. The format is practical case-based discussions centered on the complexity of managing some common presentations in a resource-poor environment, providing updates on evidence-based practice applied to a rural and remote context.
Some of the income generated supports the ongoing training of generalist doctors in the Cook Islands.
The Rural Generalist Workshop 2018 will be held at Rarotonga Hospital on 29–31 August (Cook Islands dates).