St John - first to care




Welcome to the PRIME course, a training programme designed to prepare rural health practitioners for their role as members of the emergency response team in the PRIME system of out-of-hospital emergency care.

The purpose of PRIME is to supplement the ambulance service to provide timely access to clinical skills that have the potential to improve outcomes for patients in rural areas. PRIME aims to ensure access to high-quality out-of-hospital emergency care in areas where there is a shortage of suitably trained paramedics, or where ambulance service rural response times may be longer than usual.

The course has a predominately practical focus to consolidate skills such as high performance CPR, trauma and acute medical emergency management. The course includes principles of triage, major incident management, teamwork with ambulance and fire officers, patient extrication and transport considerations as they apply in the rural setting.

Important information about course bookings

The initial course is five days, Mon – Fri (40 hours), the refresher is one day (Sat or Sun) 8 hours.

The PRIME course booking system will prioritise those who are employed by a medical practice that holds a PRIME contract, so other bookings may be put onto a waiting list to accommodate this. We do not guarantee a place on a course for non-PRIME contract holders and they may be moved to waiting lists even once confirmed if we require that space.

You must hold a NZ Medical Registration (HPCA 2003) to attend this course and it is recommended that you also hold at least a resuscitation certificate to Level 6, and have had some other experience in emergency medicine. IV certification is required for attending this course.

If you have any queries with regard to your booking please email PRIME.support@stjohn.org.nz.

Christchurch 10.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
11.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
12.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
13.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
14.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 10.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
11.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
12.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
13.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
14.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Katikati 14.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
15.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
16.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
17.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
18.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 13.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
14.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
15.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
16.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
17.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 20.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
21.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
22.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
23.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
24.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Palmerston North 06.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
07.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
08.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
09.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
10.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 17.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
18.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
19.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
20.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
21.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Kerikeri 17.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
18.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
19.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
20.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
21.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 22.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
23.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
24.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
25.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
26.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 22.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
23.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
24.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
25.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
26.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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The PRIME Refresher course embraces a blending learning approach comprising of one day (8 hour) face-to-face delivery supplemented by on-line activities. The course is practically based that reviews the emergent management principles and procedures encountered on the PRIME Initial Course. PRIME practitioners are required to attend the refresher programme every two years after the PRIME Initial course.

Alexandra 08.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Fairlie 15.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 29.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Coromandel 29.10.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 05.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 05.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Kerikeri 12.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Tauranga 26.11.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 03.12.2022 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Palmerston North 25.02.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 04.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Wellsford 04.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Tauranga 18.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Motueka 25.03.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 15.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 29.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Gisborne 29.04.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Kerikeri 13.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 13.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Cambridge 27.05.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dargaville 17.06.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Thames 24.06.2023 - 8.30am to 5pm
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