Primary Care Education

Wellington Free Ambulance’s Primary Care Education offers a range of courses that allows health professionals, support staff and organisations to meet their continuing professional development and accreditation requirements.
‹ What we do

Our courses are delivered by clinical education staff and reflect current New Zealand and international guidelines and practice. A special feature of the courses is the focus on performing core resuscitation priorities in the primary health environment together with an emphasis on teamwork, communication and leadership.

Designed and run in association with regional Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), the courses are available to both individual health professionals and organisations and are run regularly throughout the year in the greater Wellington region.

For further information, course prices and dates, visit the links below or email

Resuscitation for Medical Centre Administrators

Designed for staff working in a non-clinical role at a medical facility. Content includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and recognising time critical medical events.

Resuscitation for Registered Nurses

Designed for registered health professionals requiring a resuscitation course to meet their requirements for vaccination certification. This is a practical-based course with content based on the New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC) Basic Life Support (BLS) guideline and includes adult, child and infant CPR; management of choking; use of an AED; ventilation using a bag valve mask, airway adjuncts (OPAs and LMAs/I-GELS) and supplementary oxygen; recognition and treatment of time critical events (including anaphylaxis and IM Adrenaline).

Resuscitation and Emergency Scenarios

Our clinical educators can provide realistic in-situ resuscitation and emergency scenarios in your workplace. Scenario content and delivery is designed to meet RNZCGP Cornerstone requirements for medical centres and general practice.

New Zealand Resuscitation Council CORE Courses

Wellington Free Ambulance is a NZRC Certificate of Resuscitation Emergency Care (CORE) course provider and delivers the following NZRC CORE courses for health professionals:

  • CORE Skills – A practical, non-assessed skills session designed for health professionals who wish to develop and/or refresh their resuscitation skills. Appropriate for RNZCGP Fellows and Registrars in training. Click here for more information.
  • CORE Immediate – Adult and Child. A practical, assessed course suited for rescuers who might be expected to manage the early stages of cardiac arrest. Appropriate for GPs applying for RNZCGP Fellowship. Click here for more information.
  • CORE Advanced – A course for the advanced rescuer who is expected to manage and supervise resuscitation events. Appropriate for GPs operating in an rural environment. Click here for more information.