South Taranaki Rural Health

At the end of 2019 an enhanced rural model of care called South Taranaki Rural Health (STRH) was proposed for the South Taranaki community. STRH aims to improve health outcomes through a focus on high quality, accessible, sustainable and culturally responsive primary and community services.

While current hospital services will remain available to the community, implementation of STRH is now underway.

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Rural medical training and education

  • Key facility for development and training of the South Taranaki rural workforce
  • Pivotal to growing and retaining a South Taranaki workforce fit for the region’s future.


After-hours phone access to South Taranaki GP services

  • Facilitated after-hours by Homecare Medical
  • Run by registered healthcare professionals who provide health advice over the phone and/or refer patients to the most appropriate service for their specific health needs (including emergency services).

St John ‘see and treat’ service

  • An additional paramedic service that provides assessment and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries at the patient’s location, e.g. wound care, ear nose and throat examinations, etc.

South Taranaki Rural Health General Practice

  • Staffed by a team made up of senior nurses that are specialists in general practice care, and general practitioners with specialist training in rural hospital medicine
  • Provides all services typical of a general practice, including diagnosis and treatment; health education; disease prevention and screening.
  • Acute and episodic care for patients requiring a same day appointment. See below for more information.


South Taranaki Rural Health General Practice

  •  Introduction of extended-hours/weekend services 


Recruitment to the Extended Care team (some roles still to be filled)

  • A range of health professionals (e.g. social worker, clinical pharmacist or dietitian) who support patients and coordinate services in the region to better manage patients’ health needs.
  • Will support all patients regardless of the practice they are enrolled in.


Plans for additional services are currently being investigated. Further details about these plans will be provided once they are available.

South Taranaki Rural Health General Practice (the Practice)

South Taranaki Rural General Practice is celebrating being open for one full year, and the team would like to thank the community for their ongoing support. 

The Practice has experienced rapid growth over the last year and wants to ensure that the service continues to deliver high quality primary care that meets the needs of both enrolled patients, and those who access the service casually. To achieve this, the Practice will prioritise new enrolments based on most urgent need for a limited time.

South Taranaki Rural General Practice is now taking priority enrolments only for a short period. New enrolments will be prioritised as follows: individual and families;

  1. who are not enrolled with another General Practice
  2. whose General Practice is not in Taranaki, or is not within a reasonable distance and therefore hard to access
  3. who have complex health needs.

We won’t be taking any other enrolments during this time, however we are able to take contact details and let you know when we are enrolling new patients outside of priority groups.

What won’t change 
We will continue to offer primary care services to enrolled patients, and people with urgent care needs who cannot access their usual General Practice.

How to contact us
If you need an appointment please call first on (06) 278 1383.
For up to date information please visit South Taranaki Rural Health General Practice • Healthpoint.

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South Taranaki Rural Health General Practice
Phone 0800 225 571

South Taranaki GP Practice Newsletter

Spring 2023 (PDF 274 KB)

Winter 2023 (PDF 401 KB)

Autumn 2023 (PDF 283 KB)

Summer 2022 (PDF 682 KB)

Spring 2022 (PDF 332 KB)

Winter 2022 (PDF 398 KB)

Autumn 2022 (PDF 205 KB)

Summer 2021 (PDF 120 KB)

South Taranaki Patient Experience Survey

Patient Experience Survey - March 2022 (PDF 37 KB)

Forum meetings

The Taranaki ki te Tonga Health Forum meetings are the mechanism for Te Whatu Ora Taranaki and the South Taranaki community representative organisations to share information, identify issues and put forward possible solutions to address the needs of the community and their access to services.

Below are the key messages from some of the meetings:

Last updated: Thursday, October 12, 2023

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