New documents will be uploaded to these pages (and categorised) in the coming weeks. If you have a resource which is relevant to the health of rural communities please send to for uploading. Our aim is to create a national repository of rural health documents. 

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Farm-related suicides in New Zealand, 2007-2015: A review of coroners’ records – a summary of key findings. Research conducted by Dr Annette Beautrais for RHAANZ, funded by AgResearch, April 2017. Research paper in press.

eFeeling down on the Farm – Mental health in rural Wairarapa/Tararua. electronic resource published by the East Coast Rural Support Trust and other supporting organisations.

Those Left Behind – conversations with people in the rural community whose lives have been affected by suicide and depression. Documentary by Keith Hawke, Nelson Film Maker, August 2014.


Leptospirosis –  is a disease caused by bacteria known as Leptospira. It can affect almost all mammals, and is one of the most common diseases transmitted from animals to humans, usually via direct or indirect contact with infected urine


Midland Region Rural Maternity Services Consumer Engagement Study – A study to understand rural women’s views of maternity services and any barriers they might experience in accessing services. Authors: Lancaster G, Gosman K, Lawrenson R, & Gibbons V. (New Zealand Institute of Rural Health), New Zealand Institute of Rural Health. Cambridge, New Zealand. June 2014.

Tools & Indicators

Rural Proofing Tool – A tool for analysing the impact of new services on rural communities as part of the planning process. Author: New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Inc, October 2011.

Health Indicators – Health indicators for remote service delivery communities: a summary report. Author: AIHW 2014. Health indicators for Remote Service Delivery communities: a summary report. Cat. no. IHW 142. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 3 November 2014.

P.L.A.N to see your GP – tips for being better prepared to visit your GP – a new health literacy resource. Author: Health & Quality Safety Commission, Nov 2014


Nurse Retention – Interventions for supporting nurse retention in rural and remote areas: an umbrella view. Authors: Mbemba G, Gagnon M-P, Pare G, & Cote J. Human Resources for Health 2013, 11:44.

Nurse Practitioners – Rosemary Minto, Primary Care Nurses, talks with Radio NZ on Nurse Practitioners working to their full potential, May 2013


Health of the Health Workforce 2013-2014, a Report by Health Workforce NZ, Ministry of Health, Wellington, November 2014

Exploring Sustainable Solutions for Remote and Rural Healthcare, Policy Paper. Authors: Rural Strategy Group Scotland, Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland. August 2014.