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Council celebrates 21 years of saving lives

9 March 2018

At its next conference, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council will mark 21 years of improving outcomes for New Zealanders in immediate need of life-saving treatment from emergencies such as cardiac arrest, choking and drowning. Read the full release or see the NZ Resus 2018 - Media Kit.

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Emergency Care Instructor Programme Review

9 February 2018

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council and The Skills Organisation share a vision that a person who collapses, or requires other first aid interventions, shall receive best practice treatment and care. We believe that by reviewing the Emergency Care Instructor programme, we can improve outcomes for people in need.

Find out more about the Emergency Care Instructor Programme Review.


Rachel Allan joins the NZ Resus teamRachel Allan

7 February 2018 

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council has welcomed Rachel Allan as its new Office Administrator. Her background includes working in not-for-profit health and social service organisations, most recently with the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association.

Rachel will be your first port of call when you contact the Council, and we're delighted to benefit from her extensive experience in support and office management roles. 


Kevin Nation named Chief Executive Kevin Nation

20 December 2017 

Kevin Nation has been appointed to the permanent role of Chief Executive of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. This will take effect on 8 January 2018. Kevin has served the Council for more than ten years, more recently as Acting General Manager, and the Council is delighted to finally formalise Kevin’s role. Read more.... 


Restart a Heart Day 2017

12 October 2017

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Monday 16 October is Restart a Heart Day, a worldwide day to raise public awareness about how to help improve survival from cardiac arrest before emergency services arrive. 

This year’s Restart a Heart Day sees New Zealand taking part for the first time, and the focus is on CPR and AEDs. New Zealand Resuscitation Council member organisations St John, Wellington Free Ambulance, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and the Heart Foundation are all supporting Restart a Heart Day, as is the Health Promotion Agency. Find out more.


Schools urged to plan for cardiac arrest

12 September 2017 AEDs in School fact sheet

The Ministry of Education and New Zealand Resuscitation Council have partnered to develop AEDs in schools, a guidance document for school boards and leaders.

AEDs in schools raises awareness that sudden cardiac arrest may happen to anyone, and it may occur on school grounds or during school activities. Schools are encouraged to prepare for such an emergency and consider the value of an onsite automated external defibrillator (AED). AEDs in schools poses questions such as ‘Should my school purchase an AED?’, ‘Do staff and students know how to do first aid, CPR and use an AED?’, and ‘Do we have a clear and simple plan to access the AED?’ Read more....