Providing Ambulance Services throughout New Zealand will always be a core activity for St John, however we’re also playing an increasing role in meeting the broader health needs of New Zealand communities.
We believe it’s important to develop strong communities to help people live independently, get the social connections they need and improve their wellbeing. Central to everything we achieve is the energy and generosity of our volunteers and supporters.
Building resilient communities
Providing an effective Ambulance Service is central to developing strong communities. This core service is supported by our event medical services for everything from school fairs to major international sports matches.
To help people in hospital, we offer our Friends of the Emergency Department and Hospital Friends services, which provide non-clinical support to patients and their family and friends. .
Our Youth Programme encourages young people to develop personal strengths and care for others. They learn first aid and make friends in the process. We also provide a comprehensive range of adult first aid training courses to teach people the skills they need to act with confidence in an emergency. Complementary to our first aid training is our online shop for first aid kits and supplies.
Supporting independent living
We provide a medical alarm service to help people live safely, for longer, in their own homes. We’re also working with key partners to develop solutions that will enable more effective monitoring of chronic illnesses from the patient’s home.
This is complemented by our Caring Caller service, which provides a friendly phone call to check on someone’s wellbeing. We have also established Health Shuttles in a number of areas to help people with impaired mobility attend essential appointments.