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.

Kerikeri 11.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
12.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
13.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
14.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
15.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 01.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
02.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
03.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
04.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
05.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 07.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
08.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
09.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
10.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
11.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Tauranga 07.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
08.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
09.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
10.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
11.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Auckland 09.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
10.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
11.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
12.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
13.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Dunedin 13.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
14.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
15.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
16.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
17.06.2022 - 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.

Palmerston North 25.09.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Westport 02.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Cromwell 03.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Te Anau 16.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Te Anau 17.10.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Alexandra 13.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Whangarei 20.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Kaikoura 20.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Auckland 27.11.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Fairlie 04.12.2021 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 19.02.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Tauranga 26.02.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Motueka 06.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Auckland 19.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Kerikeri 26.03.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Queenstown 02.04.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Dunedin 07.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Palmerston North 14.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Auckland 28.05.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Gisborne 11.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Katikati 18.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 18.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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Christchurch 19.06.2022 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
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