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The 2014 NZRGPN conference will embrace the health and well-being of the wider rural community recognizing the important role all parts of the sum play in New Zealand's well-being.

Scheduled for March 12-16 at the Shed 6/TSB Bank Arena on Wellington's waterfront, the five-day event is titled "Rural Communities – the Backbone of New Zealand" a theme designed to highlight the important role rural New Zealand and its communities play in the economic well-being of the country.

The conference will again be held in association with the New Zealand Rural Hospital Network (NZRHN) and the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will host a day on Wednesday, March 12.

Next year's conference will pick up on the strong IT theme adopted for the 2013 event which focused on the Rural Broadband Initiative and IT in health, particularly rural. The conference handbook will be delivered as an App for the second year, live interviews with speakers after sessions will be done and the opening keynote political forum will be streamed live courtesy of Mobile Health.

The opening forum will feature health spokespeople from the main political parties and be compered by former journalist come lawyer Linda Clark.

The focus on technology in health will also be seen amongst concurrent session topics and via exhibition stands.

A change in the regular social calendar will see the Saturday night dinner and social function rescheduled to Friday night immediately after the welcome function and cocktails. The Peter Snow Memorial Award, Fellowships and the Pat Farry Trust Scholarship will also be announced on the Friday night.

The Pat Farry Trust Fun Run and Walk also returns for the third year and will be staged on Wellington's waterfront starting at 6.30am on Saturday, March 15.

Sunday hosts the popular Network breakfast forum and a new addition this year - the Student breakfast forum – both forums are the perfect chance to air your views and listen to those of others.

NZRGPN neither endorses nor not endorses products presented at the venue.

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