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Our Story

From First Aid Trainer to Leading New Zealand Health & Training Provider

Starting life as a specialised First Aid Trainer, Life Care Consultants is now a leading New Zealand NZQA-registered Health & Training Provider.

In 1994 our MD, Janet Brothers, noticed that there was a niche market opening for training staff in businesses around the country in first aid. She felt the two-day First Aid Courses available at the time were cumbersome and not tailored to the businesses and industries the attendees came from. So she became NZQA qualified and set about stripping back the typical First Aid Course. Janet simplified the course and created one that delivered industry-specific high-quality first aid training in one day rather than two.

Better Value, Better Education

Business took off quickly. The increased value, cost savings, and lower staff downtime meant our clients’ staff were better educated and away from their jobs for less time, bringing a measurable benefit to our clients’ businesses. Twenty-three years later and Life Care Consultants has grown both in staff numbers and in the services offered. We now employ over 60 staff, including health consultants, occupational therapists, registered nurses and health care educators. Life Care Consultants has grown its service offering from providing high-quality First Aid Courses to include additional training services such as drug testing training, health and safety training, and fire safety training.

Comprehensive Business Services

Spring forward to today and we now include divisions in our company focused on employee health and wellness (Life Care Health Services, Life Care Nutrition), injury management (Life Care Injury Management) and health, first aid and fire training in schools (Life Care Schools). With a comprehensive set of courses, training programs and management programs we are well on our way to achieving our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of as many New Zealanders as possible. And we are proud to do so.

The Life Care Consultants Timeline

August 1994

Janet Brothers resigned from the hospital and started Life Care – set up office in a spare ‘cupboard’ 2.5 metres square in Cambridge

September 1994

Started teaching first aid – first major clients Matamata College, Fulton Hogan – Waikato and Electrix

June 1995

Employed first health consultant on a casual basis

April 1996

Started putting together a Quality System and Manual

January 1997

Registered as a Private Training Establishment with NZQA and was accredited to assess First Aid unit standards

March 1997

Employed the first full-time health consultant

September 1997

Started providing heath assessments

July 1998

Employed second full-time health consultant

July 1998

Janet trained in ‘Pole Rescue’ at Omaka Training Centre in Blenheim – first woman in NZ to be training in this

January 1999

Moved into Hamilton office – expanded to a 4×2 metre home office

June 1999

Employed first full-time administrator

2001

Purchased a villa to work out of – used the lounge for a training room and had two offices with 2 admin staff and 6 health consultants

2004

Purchased Wellworkers, an occupational health company based in Auckland.

2004

Employed Richelle Rowe for a sales role

2005

Purchased Healthworks, a small occupational health business in Rotorua

2006

Moved into first commercial building on London Street

2007

Had a total staff of 15

2009

Purchased and moved into own commercial building on Anglesea Street

2009

Won the Business Excellence Award for Service in Waikato and was a finalist in Health and Safety and the Leadership awards

2009

Employed Joyce Taylor as a scheduler

2010

Won the Vero National Business Excellence award for Education Provider

2012

Established regional offices with 4 regional managers in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch

2013

Employed 48 staff in total

2014

Achieved the highest outcome for the External Evaluation and Review by NZQA – highly confident in educational performance and highly confident in self- assessment.

Celebrated 20 Years in business.

2015

Reduced the regional managers to 3 and established the Northern, Central and Southern Regions; retained the 4 offices and added a Mount Maunganui office

2016

Established the scheduling hub at the Mount office.

Nicola Hunt received her 10 year long service award in 2016.

2017

Repeated the excellent outcome for the External Evaluation and Review by NZQA

2017

Employed a company accountant and a total of 63 staff

2017

Established 2 joint ventures – Life Care Nutrition and Life Care Injury Management

2018

Established a Dunedin satellite office for training and pre-employment assessments

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