Prime Response in Medical Emergency

Exciting opportunity to lead a new era in PRIME - August 10, 2017

Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to chair the new National PRIME committee?
The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (the Network) is seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced and motivated PRIME clinicians New Zealand-wide to chair this newly-formed committee. This is an exciting and challenging role resulting from a year-long review of the PRIME service and is the first step in implementing the review’s recommendations. As a key member of the PRIME review steering group the Network has been tasked with leading the search for a PRIME clinician with the right skill set to be chair. If you’re up for the challenge we’d like to hear from you.

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Review heralds new era for rural PRIME service - July 14, 2017

A wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service has been successfully completed and work will soon begin to implement its recommendations, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.
“After a very professional and totally comprehensive, year-long process involving numerous stakeholders, the review outcomes have been accepted and we can now get on with the work plan. It will be great to work with our colleagues including St John and NASO during the next phase.”
The review has been “a major piece of work and those involved have done a fantastic job”.
“All of the things we had hoped for have been approved including a review of current funding arrangements, administration structures, clinical governance and roles, training and appropriate medicines and equipment,” said Mr Kelly.
The report has now been made publicly available and can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health’s website or click HERE.

In 2014, the National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO), on behalf of Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the Ministry of Health, asked for formal feedback on the PRIME (Primary Response in Medical Emergencies) service.

The purpose of this feedback was to better understand the issues being raised and to inform the above parties on whether a formal review was required. 

A lot of feedback was received from a range of sources, including St John, PRIME practices and practitioners, Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), Rural Service Level Alliance Teams (SLATs), PRIME committees, Emergency Care Coordination Teams (ECCTs), National Rural Health Advisory Group (NRHAG) members and members of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN). 

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To access the PRIME St John website, click HERE.