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Rural Canterbury PHO

The Rural Canterbury PHO has been a strong support for rural health since 2003, acting as a conscientious advocate for our members and the rural and semi-urban communities we serve.

The areas RCPHO works in are incredibly diverse. Our region stretches all the way north to Cheviot, down to Ashburton in the south, west to Hanmer Springs, and east to Akaroa. This includes an eclectic mix of large semi-urban towns, small country townships, provincial centres and remote rural areas.

Rural Canterbury PHO knows that appropriate and sustainable health services are at the heart of every thriving community. That is why the PHO is committed to ensuring all Cantabrians have access to appropriate health services, no matter where they live.

We make it our purpose to understand the unique challenges and opportunities that our practices are facing and deliver customised and appropriate support at local, regional and national levels.


National & International Health Promotion Opportunities

JANSun smart Awareness – slip, slop, slap; Alcohol and Drug Awareness
FEBNational Heart Month; Oral Health & Hygiene
MARInfluenza Vaccination; Endometriosis awareness week
APRImmunisation awareness
MAYWorld Smokefree Day 31st May; World Autoimmune and Arthritis Day 19th May
JUNHealthy Heart (CVD); 5 Plus a Day
JULActivity – be active every day
AUGBreastfeeding Awareness; Breast Screening Awareness Pink Ribbon; Cervical Screening Awareness
SEPLet’s Talk About Epilepsy Awareness; Alzeimers Awareness Worldwide; Cervical Screening Month
OCTMental Health Awareness
NOVMovember – Prostate Cancer Awareness
DECAlcohol & Drug Awareness


After hours urgent care




We at Rural Canterbury PHO know how important it is to have access to medical care outside your General Practice’s normal hours of work.

In the Ashburton region phone 0800 700 155

For ALL other regions;

Phone your General Practice number outside their normal hours.

A qualified Triage Nurse will answer your call.

The nurse will advise to one of these options:

  • An answer to your health question
  • Provide on-going monitoring
  • Refer you to the 24 Hour Surgery
  • Advise you to go to the emergency department
  • Recommend a visit to your General Practice the next day
  • Arrange for you to be seen in your home by a St John Paramedic
  • Arrange transport to the 24 Hour Surgery or emergency department if required

So when you are unwell outside your General Practices normal hours of work

remember – help is only a phone call away.