Rotorua Area Primary Health Services (RAPHS) is a not for profit clinical network. We have been committed to improving health and wellbeing in the Rotorua region for over 25 years.
A group of forward-thinking doctors from General Practices in the Rotorua community first established our organisation in 1991.
Today, RAPHS is Rotorua's Primary Health Organisation (PHO). As a PHO, we manage a range of clinical programmes for our community, and provide business, administrative and technology support for our member providers and partner organisations.
We work closely with healthcare teams who provide health services to about 72,000 people in the Rotorua city and rural areas.
RAPHS is governed by a board of directors led by Chairman, Dr Mike Williams. All board members are health professionals working in the Rotorua community.
Chief Executive Officer, Kirsten Stone, leads a senior management team and around 25 full and part-time staff. Our staff bring to the team a mix of experience and skills from clinical, IT, research and business backgrounds.
See what RAPHS has been doing this past year in this annual report.
Rotorua Area Primary Health Services (RAPHS) is a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).
PHOs are not for profit organisations that receive funding from District Health Boards to provide primary health care services. PHOs work with a network of General Practice teams and other health care professionals in their community.
RAPHS health provider members
In New Zealand, we follow an international system where healthcare is described as
The term primary health care includes the care given by doctors and nurses in general practices when you are sick or need a check-up.
A primary health care provider is usually a patient’s first point of contact with the health system – unless it is an emergency.