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 26.08.2019 - 8.30am-5pm
27.08.2019 - 8.30am-5pm
28.08.2019 - 8.30am-5pm
29.08.2019 - 8.30am-5pm
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Kerikeri 25.11.2019 - 8.30am-5pm
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Tauranga 20.04.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
21.04.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 15.06.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 02.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
03.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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05.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 14.10.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
15.10.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 25.11.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 23.03.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
24.03.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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26.03.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
27.03.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 18.05.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
19.05.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
20.05.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
21.05.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
22.05.2020 - 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.

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.

Wanaka 24.08.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Wanaka 25.08.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Waiheke Island 07.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Tauranga 07.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 14.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Cromwell 28.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Palmerston North 28.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Kerikeri 28.09.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Motueka 06.10.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Kaikoura 19.10.2019 - 8.30am - 5.00pm
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Whangarei 02.11.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Alexandra 02.11.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Te Anau 09.11.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Te Anau 10.11.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 16.11.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Fairlie 07.12.2019 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 15.02.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Tauranga 22.02.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 29.02.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Motueka 14.03.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Kerikeri 21.03.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Queenstown 04.04.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Dunedin 09.05.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Palmerston North 09.05.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Auckland 23.05.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Gisborne 13.06.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Christchurch 20.06.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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Katikati 27.06.2020 - 8.30am to 5pm
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