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Branko  Sijnja

Dr Branko Sijnja

qualifications: MBChB, Dip Obst, PGDipRPHP, FRNZCGP, DipGP

position: Director, Rural Medical Immersion Programme

I graduated MBChB from University of Otago Dec 1973. Spent one year in Palmerston North Hospital as Junior House Surgeon then end 1974 started work in Balclutha Hospital. I had two years in Scotland 1977 and 1978 working in Orthopaedics (Bridge of Earn Hospital)and O&G (Perth Royal Infirmary) before returning to Balclutha Hospital. I commenced general practice in Balclutha in 1980 and continue part time in that role now. I have Directed the Rural Medical Immersion Programme of Otago Medical School since 2010 and ongoing. In the mid 1990s I was heavily involved in the defense of hospital services in Balclutha from closure and the establishment of Clutha Health First which opened in December 1998. This has been a very successful rural hospital/health centre.


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Original Research 23 November 2020

National study of the impact of rural immersion programs on intended location of medical practice in New Zealand

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23rd International Balint Congress, 9–13 September 2024, Boulder, CO, USA
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17th National Rural Health Conference, 16–18 September 2024, Perth, WA, Australia
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15th National Rural & Remote Allied Health Conference (SARRAH), 21–23 October 2024, Mildura, Australia
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RMA24, 23–26 October 2024, Darwin, NT, Australia
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International Conference on Rural Nursing and Rural Health (ICRNRH), 28–29 October 2024, Lisbon, Portugal
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11th Biennial Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) 2024, 2–6 December 2024, Kaurna Country, Adelaide, Australia
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