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Ruth Large - Keynote Speaker
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The Art of Healing by Distance
An overview of the past and future of telehealth delivery in New Zealand; the highs and the lows of striving for health equity.


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Ruth was born and bred in the city but always wanted to be a farmer’s wife, her feminist parents felt otherwise and encouraged intellectual pursuits. After graduating in Medicine in 1999 she spent time working in the outback of Australia and then in General Practice in New Zealand. Ruth trained in Emergency Medicine in Auckland receiving Fellowship in 2007. She now finds herself as an Emergency Physician and Rural Hospitalist working for the largest rural District Health Board in New Zealand.


Working as Clinical Director of Thames Hospital since 2012 Ruth finds addressing the inequities of rural practice challenging. She has had a keen interest in Telehealth since her outback days and has been the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Telehealth Forum since 2013. She was appointed to the new position of Clinical Director of Virtual Healthcare for the Waikato DHB in 2015 and both roles allow her a glimpse into the future where patients have better access to the care that they deserve.


Ruth lives on a lifestyle block in the North Waikato with her farmer husband and three children, proving that you can have your cake and eat it too.


Dr. Ruth Large
Deputy Chair of the NZ Telehealth Forum
Clinical Director of Virtual Healthcare Waikato DHB

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