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.

The initial course is five days (40 hours) and attracts 12 Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) credits and provides certification at level 5 - 7 New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC). The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) assessments are based on the NZRC Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care (CORE) Advanced curriculum.

Rural practitioners are expected to complete an initial PRIME course within two years of committing to the PRIME system.

Tauranga 09.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
10.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
11.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
12.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
13.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Auckland 15.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
16.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
17.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
18.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
19.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Palmerston North 22.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
23.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
24.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
25.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
26.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Kerikeri 19.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
20.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
21.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
22.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
23.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Auckland 17.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
18.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
19.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
20.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
21.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 05.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
06.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
07.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
08.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
09.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Dunedin 22.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
23.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
24.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
25.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
26.02.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 08.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
09.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
10.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
11.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
12.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Dunedin 10.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
11.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
12.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
13.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
14.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 21.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
22.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
23.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
24.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
25.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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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.

The PRIME Refresher course attracts 8 Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) credits and provides certification at level 5 - 7 New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC). The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) assessments are based on the NZRC Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care (CORE) Advanced curriculum.

Coromandel 03.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Auckland 17.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Alexandra 17.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Palmerston North 17.10.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Kerikeri 07.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Tauranga 07.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Fairlie 21.11.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 05.12.2020 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Wellsford 06.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Tauranga 13.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Motueka 27.03.2021 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 10.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 17.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Gisborne 17.04.2021 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Kerikeri 01.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Cambridge 15.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Dunedin 29.05.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 12.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Palmerston North 12.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Dargaville 19.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Thames 26.06.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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