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Rural Postgraduate Programme

Improving healthcare and health outcomes for rural and remote communities in NZ and wider South Pacific through rural health research and  education for generalist doctors working in rural general practice and hospitals.

Rural postgraduate education

This programme offers the Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice and the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound. The latter qualification is also frequently undertaken by emergency physicians, anaesthetists and other clinicians seeking bedside ultrasound and ECHO skills.

For those seeking a higher degree in Rural Health, there is also a Master of Health Sciences pathway.

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.