Medical Training Department
The mission of the Navy Medical Training Department is to deliver the highest quality training in First Aid and Military Medicine to the RNZN and wider NZDF community.
Our vision is to be a centre of excellence in the training of First Aid and Military Medicine.
The Navy Medical Training Department provides training for all Navy personnel in dealing with injured people, including workplace injuries (First Aid) or combat situations (Advanced Casualty Care).
Please note the casualties in these pictures are simulated.
On the right: 'CPR Training, Anytime, Anywhere'.
Below: Realistic Training - 'No glove, no love'. An arm wound.
Most courses are 2-4 days, and are run on-site at HMNZS PHILOMEL by qualified instructors, and recognised by NZQA (trades such as electricians or engineers need First Aid skills as part of their overall qualifications).
The Chief Training Instructor at Navy Hospital
Knowing what to do in an emergency is vital for all Navy personnel, and every trainee learns how to give CPR and deal with injured or unconscious people.
More advanced training is part of all promotion courses, and includes emergency evacuation techniques, casualty assessment, and drug administration.
These skills are checked regularly on board ships by the Maritime Operations Evaluation Team, which sets up mock 'disasters' and assesses the capability of the crew to cope with multiple casualties, floods, and fires.
Training equipment at the Navy Hospital
(Navy Medics receive specialised training at the Joint Services Health School at Burnham Military Camp in Christchurch). View a Navy Medical Assistant job description.