Living and working through another year of the pandemic meant we came up against uncertainty and were forced to adapt, and sometimes adapt again.

Nā te noho me te mahi i roto i tētahi tau anō o te urutā, i tutuki mātou ki te ngākauruatanga otirā i mate mātou ki te urutau, me te urutau anō i ētahi wā.

From the Chief Executive's Report

Ngā hua o te tau

Significant milestones of the 2021/22 financial year

This was the year of COVID-19 vaccinations and general practice got creative, particularly when it came to prioritisation for equity.
Dr Rachel Thomson's (No Te Whanau a Apanui ahau) team in Te Kaha had more than 80 percent of the people in their rohe double-vaxxed before Delta hit New Zealand.
Dr Jason Tuhoe (Hauraki, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Pikiao) and his people went door-to-door discussing COVID-19 concerns and vaccinating whānau in South Auckland. He said, “Mokopuna was the theme of our haeranga. It was an inspiring kaupapa to be part of.” 
Our Pasifika Fellows helped vaccinate their communitiesin huge drive-through and festival events across. Auckland staffed by people speaking the languages of the community
Dr Lily Fraser (Kāi Tahu) and her team hired an ice cream truck giving free ice cream to anyone on the street. The kōrero while they waited was about vaccination, then if people wanted to, they could get the jab.
I know I keep asking you to dig a little deeper, for a little longer, but I hope you can see the impact your work continues to have.

We are the first point of contact for health care.

We are medical detectives, and a supportive ear, and use our training to identify and treat conditions that are sometimes invisible to the naked eye.
Dr Samantha Murton
MNZM, MBChB, FRNZGP (Dist.),PGDipGP, FAcadMEdPresident | Te Tumu Whakarae
The need to regularly adapt and be flexible meant that College staff at times had to work remotely while trying not to miss a beat in providing support and services to members. Thanks to their commitment, strong work ethic, and our technology,the team continued to step up to thetask and I thank them sincerely for their efforts.
Lynne Hayman
CA, B.BUS, Chief Executive,
Tumu Whakahaere

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Hei Manaaki Rata

Supporting our members

The College represents New Zealand’sgeneral practice and rural hospital medicineworkforce within our health sector and,internationally, within our professions.We provide a voice for our members,and we enable their views to be sharedon issues that matter to them. We willcollaborate with similar organisations

GP21: the Conference for General Practice

Keynote speaker Dr Ashley Bloomfield talks about COVID-19 response in Aotearoa






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We hosted a vibrant, thoughtful, successful conference

More than 800 GPs, rural hospital doctors, and other health professionals put down their stethoscopes in August and headed to Wellington for the College’s annualconference. The energy in the room was electric, asour members made the most of their first opportunity to catch up face-to-face with their peers since 2019.
A highlight of every conference is always the Fellowship and Awards ceremony. In 2021 it was a biggie as we celebrated and graduated winners and new general practice and rural hospital medicine Fellows from 2020 and 2021. At the College we often talk about the flexibility of general practice and how it’s a good career option to build around families, and this ceremony was very much about that... from the pile of prams at the back of the room, to the small children clambering to find mum or dad in their gowns, to the cheers of supportive relatives as our newest Fellows crossed the stage.



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He Hiranga Mātauranga

Education Excellence

We’ll provide world-class vocational training and continuing medical education activities. We are committed to developing a general practice and rural hospital medicine workforce that is agile and future focused.

Case study: Rural matters

Encouraging registrars to live closer to their rural practice means they can better understand the culture and community they work in.
We know more registrars would like the opportunity to work in rural communities, but the financial barriers hinder many in making the move.

This year the College approached the Ministry of Health, advocating for a substantial increase to the accommodation allowance for working in rural areas. As a result, any College-employed GPEP year 1 registrar who relocates to live within 30 kilometres of the rural practice they’re attached to can receive $350 a week to supplement their accommodation costs.
Watch how Liam was able to balance his work and home life by becoming a rural GP
Encouraging registrars to live closer to their rural practice means they can better understand the culture and community they work in, and it is better for registrars’ health and safety by reducing long commutes at the start and end of busy days. We are hopeful that, over time, this may assist in overcoming barriers to doctors choosing to live and work rurally both during and after their vocational training.

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Candidates participated in the GPEP year 1 written examinations


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New Fellows

New Registrars

He Whare Haumanu

Quality general practices

It’s important for the College to set quality assurance standards for general practice, which includes developing and administering programmes to improve their workplace and clinical systems for the benefit of practices and patients.


Registered for the foundation standard
since its launch in April 2020


awarded Foundation Standard certification
since its launch in April 2020

Building our equity understanding

Kurow Medical Centre completed the Cornerstone Equity module for the first time, building on what they’d learnt in Foundation Standard (the College’s entry level Quality programme).College Fellow Dr Natasha Sharp says the module has helped her practice enhance their equity work by reflecting on why they’re doing certain things, and what is working well for the practice and their patients. Equity is now a standing item on their practice’s meeting agenda, two new policies have been introduced (health equity and cultural competency), and a training requirement for all staff on equity topics like recognising and addressing bias has been put in place. “Our staff have learnt that we’re often unaware how much unconscious bias can impact daily life. Having a focus on health equity is so important, especially in general practice,” says Dr Sharp.

He Whakapikii te Mana Hauora Taurite

Improving health equity in New Zealand

We’re committed to improving training and professional development programmes to ensure that GPs have the capacity and capability to improve Māori health. We are committed to addressing health inequities in all communities, and advocating to improve social determinants of health. We are influential in ensuring all our rural members (GPs and rural hospital doctors) can deliver quality primary health care for rural communities.

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New Pasifika Fellows


Identify as Māori and Pasifika


Case study:
We supported Pasifika GPs through the COVID-19 Delta outbreak

When the Delta outbreak ran through South Auckland in August 2021, our Pasifika members were on the front line, swabbing and vaccinating the community on top of their already full workloads. Many Pasifika families were also in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities, and it was our members supporting their language, cultural, and medical needs. It was a tough role to play, and our people needed more support.

The College partnered with Le Va to bring Fatu o le Ola, a Pacific approach to wellbeing, to provide some additional and targeted support for our Pasifika GPs.

"Le Va’s services help us carry out our wellbeing talanoa in a culturally safe environment so that we can continue to serve our families and communities with a full heart,” said Dr Monica Liva, Chair of the College’s Pasifika Chapter.

By listening to individuals and families’ concerns and supporting them in their first language, such as Samoan, we helped put their minds at ease during a stressful and uncertain time.

— Dr Monica Liva, chair of the Pasifika Chapter on supporting families in MIQ

He Ihu Waka, He Ihu Whenua, He Ihu Tangata, He Rautaki Māori

Māori Strategy

We’ll provide world-class vocational training and continuing medical education activities. We are committed to developing a general practice and rural hospital medicine workforce that is agile and future focused.

Increase the number of Māori Fellows in College education roles

Progress is being made when:
the annual intake of Māori registrars is greater than the population
At least 90 percent of all Māori registrars gain Fellowship within five years
At least 20 percent of College medical education roles are held by Māori Fellows.

Ensure the GP workforce is pro-equity, Te Tiriti compliant, culturally safe and anti-racist

Progress is being made when:
The revised curriculum domains of Equity and Te Tiriti prepare registrars for Fellowship
50 percent of practices have achieved the Cornerstone Equity module
Fellows completing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) include goals on cultural safety.

Advocate for and influence equitable health outcomes for Māori

Progress is being made when we've:
designed a framework to provide input to influence health advocacy and policy
commissioned evidence-based Māori research to improve equitable health outcomes
developed Te Whāriki Taurite me ōna Mātāpono (an equity framework) and implemented it throughout the College structure.

Te Kāretio Nāianei

Becoming a contemporary organisation

We operate in a way that enables staff and members to remain current and adapt to a rapidly changing population and health system.

It’s a first! Written mock exams go online

In August 2021, just as the GPEP year 1 written mock exams were set to happen, Delta arrived in Aotearoa, and we were sent into lockdown. The Learning team worked quickly to adapt their written mock exam to an online version, which levelled the playing field for all registrars regardless of what COVID-19 traffic light setting their region was at. “It’s been very rewarding to see the exam software rolled out and I'm pleased with the large and robust bank of questions being developed for both mock and final written exams,” said Dr Michael Oehley, Chief Examiner — Written.


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