The Government is being urged to follow its British counterpart and make CPR training part of the school curriculum.
From 2020, all English secondary school leavers will be taught how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), learn the purpose of defibrillators, and to give basic treatment for common injuries.
The New Zealand Resuscitation Council, led by chief executive Kevin Nation, said establishing something similar here would ensure a generation of children became confident in their ability to save lives.
"This is an internationally established, common sense policy, and with the government already reviewing our educational curriculum, we believe this is the perfect time to discuss teaching CPR in every school."
Sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was the third-leading cause of death in industrialised nations, and ischaemic heart disease was the second most prevalent cause of death in New Zealand.
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