Recalibrate your workforce

Reduce physical injuries at work by changing unsafe movement habits. We teach people how to move safely and adapt to the changing environment. Our workplace training programmes have been successfully reducing strain-related injuries for over 15 years.

What we do


We work across all industry sectors including but not limited to construction, quarries, corporates, retail and supermarket chains, meat works, laboratories, drivers and assembly factories.  We also have clients that are large corporate businesses and government agencies with an office-based workforce.

Our Programmes

First Move

Our comprehensive manual handling training programme


First Move Office

Our training programme designed for sedentary work and office environments


Flexible delivery

We can train your internal staff members to deliver the programme, so you can manage your own training in-house or one of our experienced Provention team members can deliver the training for you

Innovative resources

We have resources you can embed into your inductions. These include:
  Online learning modules    Multimedia Support Resources

Fresh approach

"We tried training and it didn't work..."

This is something we hear all too often. Many of us have witnessed it first hand. But how can that be? We can teach a child how to do a back flip on a beam that is 10 cm wide, we can teach a 4 yr old how to swim, monkeys to jump through hoops and people of all ages to use chop sticks efficiently, but we cannot teach willing adults how to change their movement habits and avoid strain. So what's the way forward? Have you ever asked the question: "Why does one guy get injured, while his mate doing the same job doesn't?"

The answer is Provention's First Move Programme.

First Move
Provention has created an interactive multimedia training resource that doesn't just make sense to the worker, but is packed with loads of "I wish I had learnt this years ago" concepts.

Our mission is to make it easy
Provention's First Move Programme takes manual handling training to a new level. First Move makes learning relevant and realistic for businesses who need to address their "sprains and stains." First Move uses a range of contempory multimedia tools that gives training meaning and relevance. It's interactive, interesting and learning is guaranteed because it's entertaining and answers the questions of:

WHY does it hurt?
HOW can I change how I do things to be pain free?

Make sure they own the solution
Our role is to come up with options and strategies that each individual can use to manage their own wellbeing. Instead of an inflexible list of rules, many of which do not work in real life, we help them develop new movements and options that work for them. Of course there is sound physiological science and adult learning principles underlying everything we teach, but the key is to make sure individuals have the tools to make safe decisions in changing environments. This brings about ownership and long term behaviour change, which is vital for lasting results.

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Since your sessions in Christchurch, the start of shift meetings have had a massive improvement in the quality and duration of the warm up exercises.

Coca Cola Amatil Manager

Since your sessions in Christchurch, the start of shift meetings have had a massive improvement in the quality and duration of the warm up exercises.

Coca Cola Amatil Manager



New mobile training apps support change

22 November 2016

We understand that it can be difficult to implement systems and processes that encourage people to change unsafe movement habits. We have a range of tools to support long-term changes. Our latest tools are two new apps for computers, phones and tablets. These are specifically designed to easily support our First Move training modules in the field and embed the principles of safe movement – reducing injuries long-term.


Avoid strain-related injuries

Avoid strain-related injuries

08 March 2017

If you want to be good at any skill – study the experts in the field.

We know this to be a sensible thing to do and we do it in many aspects of our lives.

Why then do we not apply these principles to manual handling training?

The manual handling experts are in every industry. They’re right in front of us. These experts are the people doing repetitive and heavy tasks day in and day out – with ease and without injury.

Facts & Figures

Back injuries are one of the most dramatic examples of the cost of work related injury in New Zealand. These figures are from ACC for the 2014-15 year. They only represent part of the true cost of such an injury to the worker, their family and friends, their employer and society in general. 






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