The National Rural Health Conference 2017 is fast approaching. This year, held in Wellington the conference will host eight keynote speakers and six concurrent session streams over two main days, 31 March and 1 April 2017. Within these talks the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust will be well represented by last year’s scholarship recipients Jono Paulin and Anna Charles-Jones.

After receiving a Pat Farry Rural Health Education scholarship we saw this pair head off to the remote Orkney Islands. Mr Paulin, from Invercargill, and Ms Charles-Jones, from Blenheim, were both fifth year students at the University of Otago School of Medicine Dunedin campus. Mr Paulin initially studied Physical Education at Otago before studying Physiology on a Fulbright Scholarship to the United States. In 2015 both Mr Paulin and Ms Charles-Jones chose to spend their year based in Masterton as part of the Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP).

At the conference Mr Paulin and Ms Charles-Jones will present ‘The Orkneys and recruiting Rural GPs’. They will reflect upon their time in the Orkney Islands with giving an insight into life and medicine in a very remote area of our developed world.

Take some islands in the middle of the ocean, with lots of sheep, a love of beer and a great community spirit…. I guess we could have stayed in New Zealand. Instead we travelled to the other side of the world to the Orkney Islands. As two final year medical students we were able to immerse ourselves in life on this isolated archipelago, and experience the joys of rural medicine in Scotland.

Come and join us to hear about our journey, what we learn’t in Orkney, and about how they recruit rural GPs in these remote isles.”

The pair will present a concurrent session 4F at 2:00pm on Friday 31 March 2017. To visit the National Rural Health Conference website and view the programme click here.

The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust will also be present at the main exhibition. Please stop by and say hello to Sue Farry, Simone Flight and Claire Dooney. This year the trusts focus is the promotion for next years “Ride for Rural Health” event taking place along the famous Central Otago Rail Trail in Autumn 2018. A fundraiser working in conjunction with Bike It Now to raise more funds for our future scholarships and bring communities together.



Claire Dooney

Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust

Tel: 027 632 0821