Our Work

A commitment to scienctific evidence and standardised education underpins the initiatives in our work programme. Through our work, we are better able to realise our vision that any person in need has the best possible outcome from immediate threat to life and limb.

On this page you can find out more about:  

What is meant by 'Resuscitation'?

The body’s tissues require a continuous supply of oxygenated blood to function properly. When tissues are deprived of oxygen they become hypoxic. When tissues are deprived of blood supply they become ischaemic. 

Ischaemia will cause tissues to become hypoxic. The most common causes of ischaemia and/or hypoxia are shock (where circulation is inadequate to meet the body’s needs), hypoxaemia (low blood oxygen concentration) and cardiac arrest (where the heart stops pumping blood into circulation).

Resuscitation is the general term used to denote the process by which a rescuer attempts to reverse the development of ischaemia and/or hypoxia. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the cyclic combination of a series of chest compressions, manual airway opening and rescue breaths.

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Work programme

Our work programme includes ongoing activities and services, as well as time-bound projects.

Our information services are here to respond to your queries about resuscitation and can help with:

  • queries about training
  • ordering resources
  • clinical queries
  • connecting you to resuscitation news. 

Education services include training resuscitation instructors to deliver the Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care (CORE). We also certify private first aid and emegency care instructors in resuscitation. To learn more about training for Emegency Care Instructors and CORE Instructors, see Training.

Our participation in the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR) through the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation (ANZCOR) ensures that New Zealand contributes to resuscitation science and debate on the world stage.

We have a strong relationship with the Australian Resuscitation Council, and collaborate to develop resuscitation guidelines that communicate expectations for resuscitation and emergency care across Australasia. For all resuscitation guidelines endorsed by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council see Guidelines.

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Click on the links to our projects to find out more or get in touch with us through our website.



Emergency Care Instructor Programme Review

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

Review of CORE for Health Professionals

To ensure that the Council's education programme for health professionals efficiently delivers and promotes standardised resuscitation as per best practice. This includes a review of our existing resuscitation training and instruction manuals.  

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Outputs to outcomes

Through all of our work, we hope to make a positive difference in three main impact areas:

  1. Robust, credible education
  2. Better-informed rescuers
  3. Improved New Zealand standards

Our outputs-to-outcomes framework is given here. 

Outputs to Outcomes Logic  

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National CPR Registry

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council National CPR Registry collects information about those who collapse in New Zealand.

Login to the National CPR Registry

Data collection uses an Utstein template - an international standard that enables national and international comparisons. Analysis of the data allows researchers to inform and improve the resuscitation outcomes for those who suffer cardiac arrest. 

If you would like to contribute to the registry, please contact usThis service is offered to New Zealand rescuers who frequently respond to cardiac arrest and resuscitation events.

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