Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation


The New Zealand Resuscitation Council and the Australian Resuscitation Council support a number of recent initiatives to increase awareness of cardiac arrest and improve bystander response.


New Zealand


In February 2018 the cast of the local hit TV show Rake joined a campaign to promote CPR, with a short film that aims to teach Australians how to help someone who is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This is an initiative of the Australian Resuscitation Council, Tasmania Branch and is part of a National Health Campaign. The campaign intends to save lives by empowering untrained members of the community to perform bystander CPR, locate an AED and use it.


Since 2017 the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) has coordinated a number of Restart A Heart Day (RAHD) initiatives in Australia and New Zealand.

For 16 October 2018, events will be organised by CAA member ambulance services: Queensland Ambulance Service, NSW Ambulance, ACT Ambulance Service, Ambulance Victoria, Ambulance Tasmania, SA Ambulance Service, St John Ambulance NT, St John Ambulance Western Australia, St John New Zealand and Wellington Free Ambulance.

RAHD activities will also be supported by prominent allied organisations including the Australian Resuscitation Council, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, St John Ambulance Australia, the Heart Foundation in Australia and New Zealand, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the Health Promotion Agency in New Zealand.

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New Zealand

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council endorses the statement Kids Save Lives, which was upheld by the World Health Organisation in 2015. Kids Save Lives advocates a mandatory minimum requirement for all school children aged 12 and older to do two hours of CPR training every year.

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 has now been released by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

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