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Rural Workforce and Vocational Training

Faculty members in the programme have a longstanding interest in rural health workfoce issues and in particular vocational training for rural practice. This included playing an important role in setting up the rural hospital medicine training programme.

The team has been involved in 2 surveys of the rural hospital workforce that suggests the RHM training programme is having a positive impact.


Lawrenson, R. A., Nixon, G., & Steed, R. H. (2011). The rural hospital doctors workforce in New Zealand. Rural & Remote Health, 11(2), 1588.

Lawrenson, R. A., Reid J., Nixon, G., Laurenson, A. (2016). The New Zealand Rural Hospital Doctors Workforce Survey 2015. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2016;129(1434).

Nixon G, Blattner K, Williamson M, McHugh P, Reid J. Training generalist doctors for rural practice in New Zealand. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2017; 17: 4047. Available: (Accessed 12 March 2017)