- Written by David Guest
- Published: 07 August 2013
The Northern Rivers General Practice Network is a support organisation for the general practices of the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.
It was formed in 1993 as the Northern Rivers Division of General Practice in response to a Federal government initiative to provide support organisations to Australian general practices. It changed its name to the Northern Rivers General Practice Network in February 2007 to reflect its broader role in communicating and supporting practices.
It lost its Federal government funding in April 2012, as part of its transition of support from Divisions of General Practice to Medicare Locals.
The Network covers an area from Ocean Shores in the north, to Maclean in the south and from the coast westward to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. There are approximately 180 members including active and retired doctors and doctors in training.
The Network has close links with the North Coast (NSW) Medicare Local and the Richmond Valley Clinical Society, an organisation that provides continuing medical education to the region's general practitioners and specialists.
The registered offices are:
Northern Rivers General Practice Network
PO Box 106
Lismore, NSW, 2480
Part time administrative support for the NRGPN is provided by the North Coast Medicare Local. Leanne Tully is our admin officer and can be contacted at:
Tarmon's House, St Vincent's Hospitala
20 Dalley Street, East Lismore, NSW, 2480
Telephone 02 6622 4453
Fax 02 6622 3185
The logo of the Network is the Richmond Bird Wing butterfly, ornithoptera richmondia, and although an endangered species can still be seen in Northern Rivers region. Conservation of this butterfly is very much dependent on the preservation and planting of the birdwing vine which provides the essential habitat for this butterfly's survival.