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Introducing the South Pacific Resuscitation Certificate

1 November 2018

We are pleased to announce the development of a new resuscitation training option for our friends and colleagues in the Pacific Islands. Full course details can be found here.

The South Pacific Resuscitation Certificate can be conducted in the South Pacific region (outside New Zealand and Australia) by NZRC CORE Advanced instructors, using the guidelines set by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. 

Certification is issued by the CORE Advanced instructor, and we’d expect that the content will be adapted for the local environment. South Pacific Resuscitation Certificate course material can be purchased through the NZRC office.

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council expects instructors will adapt the content of the South Pacific Resuscitation Certificate course to make it relevant to the skill level of learners and the resourcing available in the local environment. The New Zealand Resuscitation Council has not checked or verified the content, and cannot accept responsibility concerning the completeness of an individual course.

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council does not recognise the South Pacific Resuscitation Certificate as equivalent to CORE certification and individual registration bodies or employers should evaluate the content (acquired from the certifying instructor) for the purposes of professional or workplace credentialing.

This is an exciting new opportunity for the further development of training in the region and we invite the directors of these courses to report back on content and participant feedback.

We look forward to continuing strong ties between the New Zealand resuscitation community and our Pacific neighbours.

Update for NLS Instructors

31 October 2018

We are pleased to inform you that a newly designed NLS instructor certificate has been prepared, and will be issued to those who acknowledge the Code of Conduct.

In July 2017 the New Zealand Resuscitation Council approved a new Code of Conduct.  All New Zealand Resuscitation Council instructors are expected to uphold the code.  We ask all NLS instructors who have not already signed the code to do so now.  Once this has been done we will send you the new NLS instructor certificate.  Please click here to read and acknowledge the new code. 

For those who completed the instructor course prior to 2018 your new Instructor certificate will be dated 1 January 2018 to acknowledge that it’s this year you have signed the new code.

Just a reminder that in July 2019 we will be auditing NLS Instructors.  We want NLS Instructors to be teaching at least 3 courses between July 2018 and June 2019 and demonstrating networking and professional development.

We get the teaching information from the participant sheets the Course director completes and sends back to us within a week of the NLS provider course.

The participant sheets can be downloaded here.

For those that attended the NZRC conference this year we will have captured this as a professional development activity. If you have done something that meets the standards described here, you could send us that information now and we will update our records, otherwise we will be asking for this when we do the audit in July next year.

Remember too we are also keen to hear how the courses are going from your participants perspective. We will be sending you reports that let you know how you are going as a teacher but the  way we get this information is from the course feedback forms.  Please ensure you are using the most up-to-date colour feedback forms which are included in all NLS packs.

We only require the participant sheets and the feedback sheets to be returned to us.

NLS Instructor course dates for 2019 have been confirmed and are on our website  at

New ILCOR CoSTR Released

24 October 2018

A new CoSTR is available for review on the website of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. It's title is Methods of Glucose Administration in First Aid for Hypoglycemia.

This CoSTR is a draft version prepared by ILCOR, with the purpose of allowing the public to comment. The comments will be considered by ILCOR. The next version will be labelled “draft" to comply with copyright rules of journals.

Please take a look, and we encourage you to offer your perspective.

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....