Rural GPs who have been dealing with the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake are being urged to seek relief if they need it.
A session of the Rural General Practice Network Conference in Wellington on Friday on rural challenges was dominated by stories of the quake.
GPs talked about the pressure on their clinics and small hospitals and the support needed to handle similar events in the future.
The chair of the network, Jo Scott-Jones, says GPs around the Christchurch area have kept their heads down and coped, despite the anxiety they may be feeling.
Dr Scott-Jones says they need to be alert to their own health and realise there are other GPs who can step in to help.