WHO WE ARE
ANZCP (the College) is a not for profit, professional member organisation representing over 2,500 paramedics and student paramedics from all around Australia and New Zealand.
ANZCP Board of Directors:
Marty Nichols | Chair
Clare Beech | Director
Michael Smith | Director
Jae Redden | Director
Carol Mirco | Director
Sue Lauer | Director
Dr Jason Bendall
Dr Paul Middleton
Dr Peter O’Meara
Dr Scott Devenish
Dr Sanj Fernando
Dr Cliff Reid
WHAT WE DO
Advancing paramedicine through professional development, education and industry leadership
The College is focused first and foremost on providing high quality professional development learning and educational opportunities for our members and the profession. This sees us deliver a wide range of professional development workshops, conferences and online learning, throughout Australia and New Zealand.
We provide industry leadership and advocacy for the benefit of the profession working with stakeholders including Federal and State/Territory governments, and State/Territory Ambulance Services. We are in full support of National Registration for Paramedics under AHPRA.
Code of Conduct
The College has a Code of Conduct that all members are to adhere to. The following is the Colleges’ Code of Conduct:
Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine Limited
Code of Conduct:
ANZCP Members will respect individuals’ rights, dignity and culture in the provision of out-of-hospital care. They will practice in a non-discriminatory manner, acknowledging the potential vulnerability of the individual as a patient.
- ANZCP Members accept the moral autonomy and legal right of individuals to make informed choices in relation to their out-of-hospital care.
- ANZCP promotes and upholds the provision of quality out-of-hospital care for all people by appropriately qualified professionals. Members will adhere to the principles of beneficence and non-maleficence in the care of all individuals.
- ANZCP Members will hold in confidence any information obtained in a professional capacity, using professional judgment only where there is a clear need to share information for the therapeutic benefit and safety of a person. This includes the injudicious use of any form of social media to breach patient confidentiality. Members will understand and apply the principles of informed consent.
- ANZCP Members will fulfil the accountability and responsibility inherent in their roles.
- As morally autonomous professionals, ANZCP Members are accountable for their clinical decision-making and have moral and legal obligations to provide high-standard and safe out-of-hospital care.
- ANZCP Members understand the need to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct. Members will maintain clinical currency through ongoing, appropriate professional development.
- ANZCP Members will act at all times with professional courtesy and integrity, including interactions on social media.
As a leading representative body of paramedics in Australia and New Zealand, the College releases position statements on topics and issues relevant to paramedics and the profession. Position statements are written by the College’s expert committees and are based on current information and evidence. All position statements are assessed and approved by the College Board of Directors prior to publication.
College Position Statements
Safe and effective health care requires a commitment to evidenced based practice. Evidence based practice entails making decisions about how to provide health care by integrating the best available evidence with practitioner expertise. Paramedics also provide health advice and advocacy based contemporary pubic health evidence. The best available evidence is derived from research.
Paramedicine is able to extrapolate and apply a significant amount of research from medial, nursing and allied health care. However, there is a need to undertake discipline-specific research that provides data to inform clinical, operational and professional aspects of paramedic practice.
Paramedicine trails behind other health care professions when it comes to the development of a body of evidence to support practice. It is vital for Paramedicine to be truly evidenced based, and for the development and progression of the profession, that research is undertaken in the out of hospital health care environment.
Over the past 20 years the profession itself has had limited opportunities available for high quality evidence and research produced by the profession. This is partly due to a lack of research training and a lack of emphasis on the importance of research in informing practice. Professionalism requires an established body of knowledge that defines and informs practice. As such there is a need to develop a national paramedic research agenda for Australia and New Zealand, and to support research training for paramedics.
The College supports high quality research being undertaken to address gaps in the evidence required to support practice. The College also believes that paramedics should be driving this research and as such supports paramedic research training and engagement in research as a means of developing both the individual paramedic and the profession as a whole.
The College encourages research to be undertaken widely, including in the clinical, operational, educational, and health and wellbeing spheres.
The College supports the development and implementation of both organisation and national research agendas as a means to ensure a targeted and coordinated approach to paramedicine research. The College encourages cooperation between industry and researchers in order to achieve this goal.
In order to support research the College provides a scholarship and grants program that aims to support paramedic research projects undertaken by members of the College.
The Macquarie Dictionary defines wellbeing as the “good or satisfactory condition of existence”. In the out-of-hospital environment this can be described as a state of physical and mental health that is adequate to contend with the multiple stressors associated with the job.
The Macquarie Dictionary defines resilience as the “power of ready recovery from sickness, depression or the like”, also included in the definition is “buoyancy”, “recoil” and “cheerfulness”. In the out-of-hospital environment this can be translated as the ability to maintain an optimistic and balanced outlook that does not dwell unnecessarily on the downsides of the job.
There is an increasing awareness and growing body of evidence around the importance of mental health for overall health and wellbeing. Around half the total population (over 45%) experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lifetime. Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health disorders experienced amongst the community. While the profession confers upon paramedics the prestige of being valued and respected by the community, and gives us many opportunities to excel and grow, studies show paramedics are more likely to have higher levels of stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the general community.
As the very nature of the job exposes paramedics to incidents, situations and working conditions that challenge our mental and physical wellbeing and resilience we need to ensure paramedics can continue to thrive in the profession they love.
The College acknowledges that mental health and wellbeing are serious issues that effect many paramedics and that paramedics are over represented in the statistics pertaining to mental health issues and suicide.
The College encourages a holistic, whole of profession approach to mental health and wellbeing; it is the responsibility of all involved in the profession - paramedics and employers alike.
The College supports strategies and systems to assist paramedics with all aspects of mental health and wellbeing, including:
- building relationships with organisations and individuals working in the mental health field in order to source the latest evidence-based knowledge,
- working with other professional organisations in the field to deliver forums and events on wellbeing and resilience as part of our professional development activities,
- engaging with paramedics and paramedic employers on the need for the whole of the profession to take action to improve the mental health and wellbeing of paramedics,
- providing information on mental health and wellbeing for paramedics to share with and support fellow paramedics through the College website, and
- listening and responding to the members’ requests and input on this crucial issue.
The College is committed to supporting our members and the profession with improving our mental health and wellbeing.
Professional bodies and key stakeholders have been advocating for the national registration of paramedics within Australia for years. This call for registration reached a significant point in 2012 when the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council Health Workforce Principal Committee issued a consultation paper on Options for regulation of paramedics. This paper set out four options for the future regulation of paramedics.
ANZCP made a submission on behalf of our members (following feedback from a significant cohort) and paramedics across Australia in which we supported what was known as ‘option 4’, the ‘registration of paramedics through the National Scheme’. This option would see a National Board appointed by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council, and a register of paramedics would be established that would be administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Registration of paramedics under a national scheme would have many benefits, the primary one being improved patient safety. The National Registration Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health practitioners protects the public by ensuring that only suitably trained and qualified practitioners deliver healthcare services to the public for which they are registered. The National Board would have powers to set standards, educational requirements, as well as receive and investigate complaints against registered paramedics. A secondary benefit for paramedics may include improved portability of qualifications.
On 6 November 2015 the COAG Health Council announced that it had determined it would move towards a national registration of paramedics to be included in the NRAS. Of note; only jurisdictions that wish to register paramedics will adopt the necessary amendments, and that NSW will reserve its right to participate. ANZCP continues to meet and work with the NSW Health Minister and her staff to have NSW included.
Since the COAG decision a significant body of work has begun to prepare paramedicine for the commencement of registration. A Victoria team has been working with stakeholders to develop the policies that will enable the paramedicine board to be formed. A Queensland team has been tasked with commencing the work on drafting legislation changes to enable paramedics to be registered. ANZCP has been actively involved in this process.
ANZCP was also invited to develop and present both a written submission, and give evidence in person at the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’ inquiry into the establishment of national registration for paramedics. The outcome of this inquiry, released in May 2016, supported the development of a truly national system of paramedic registration.
At the COAG Health Council meeting on 7 October 2016 the State and Territory Health Ministers agreed to proceed with the legislative amendments that are required to bring paramedics into the NRAS alongside the 14 other registered health professions having settled the recognition of vocational as well as tertiary pathways for registration issue. Importantly, it was with the agreement of all Ministers that paramedics will be registered in all jurisdictions.
ANZCP supports the registration of paramedics through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The inclusion of paramedics would establish a nationally consistent regulatory framework, a robust quality assurance system, binding standards of education and accreditation, and will ultimately improve patient safety across all Australian jurisdictions.
ANZCP acknowledges that there is still considerable work to be done before the registry is established under AHPRA. ANZCP will continue to advocate for the best outcome for all paramedics.
ANZCP supports the current industry move away from vocational educational pathways, towards a tertiary educated paramedic workforce. However, ANZCP is committed to ensuring that provisions are included in the NRAS that acknowledge the significant knowledge and experience held by paramedics with pre-existing vocational qualifications.
The path towards the registration of paramedics in New Zealand has followed a similar path to that which has occurred in Australia. Ambulance NZ made an application to Health Workforce NZ for paramedics to be regulated under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003.
By registering paramedics in New Zealand public safety will be enhanced. Registration would enable national standards to be set, educational requirements determined, as well as creating the ability for complaints to be receive and investigated against registered paramedics. A secondary benefit for paramedics may include improved portability of qualifications.
Health Workforce NZ will undertake a preliminary assessment of the Ambulance NZ application. If a solid case for registration is made an expert panel will then be convened to consider the application. If it is then determined that professional regulation is in the public interest the Ministry of Health would seek the health minister’s agreement for a public consultation to take place.
Despite the Ambulance NZ application being lodged in 2011 it appears to have been held up for a number of reasons, including a general review of the HCPA Act.
ANZCP supports the registration of paramedics in New Zealand. The registration of paramedics would establish a nationally consistent regulatory framework, a robust quality assurance system, binding standards of education and accreditation, and will ultimately improve patient safety across all New Zealand jurisdictions.
ANZCP supports the current industry move away from vocational educational pathways, towards a tertiary educated paramedic workforce. However, ANZCP is committed to ensuring that provisions are included in any national registration scheme that acknowledge the significant knowledge and experience held by paramedics with pre-existing vocational qualifications.
In recent years three Australian jurisdictions have introduced legislation that protects the title of paramedic. These include:
- Tasmania – The Ambulance Service Amendment Act 2013
- South Australia – The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010
- New South Wales – The Health Services Act 1997
These legislative amendments were introduced as a measure to improve patient safety during a period of time where paramedics are non-registered health care professionals.
ANZCP supports the steps taken by Australian governments to improve public safety by restricting the use of the title of ‘paramedic’ to only those who are suitably qualified.
However, ANZCP believes that protection of title is only one of the many benefits that will be provided by the inclusion of paramedics in a National Registration Accreditation Scheme (NRAS), which include:
- Significant enhancements to patient safety and protection of the community
- The National Law clearly defines acceptable standards of behaviour irrespective of jurisdiction and prescribes circumstances for mandatory notification to AHPRA.
- AHPRA produces a publicly accessible and displayed register of practitioners.
- A national education and accreditation standard would be employed ensuring the same quality of clinicians are available throughout Australia
- The title ‘paramedic’ would be protected nationally.
- A standardized approach to complaints and significant incidents investigation
- National Registration of paramedics would bring Australia into line with many other developed nations including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, parts of the United State of America and Canada.
- A national system that would be better aligned with the National Partnership Agreement and Intergovernmental Agreement for reducing inconsistent regulatory burdens between jurisdictions and allowing for flexibility and mobility within the paramedic workforce.
It is hoped that the COAG decision of November 6, 2015, will lead to a truly national registration scheme for paramedics administered by AHPRA. Upon the commencement of the register (scheduled for late 2018) protection of title legislation may not be required as this mechanism will be provided by the NRAS.
ANZCP has a number of policies and terms and conditions, you can access these documents by clicking on the links below.
- ANZCP is a member organisation governed by a Constitution and Certified Rules.
- ANZCP has a Code of Conduct that all members are required to adhere to
- ANZCP has a restricted membership – to those working in the paramedicine field or studying to be a paramedic, and other pre-hospital professions (such as doctors and nurses). Membership applications will be reviewed and assessed by an administrator and determined whether the applicant is eligible to be a member by the Constitution and Rules. Applications will usually be determined within 14 working days and applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application.
- Memberships are non-refundable. Memberships have a cooling off period of 7 days from the time we approve your membership and payment, in which case a refund is permitted. A refund for memberships used longer than the cooling off period may only be permitted under exceptional circumstances.
- Memberships are not transferable.
- When you first join, your membership is for a minimum period of 12-months. If you pay by Payroll Deduction, Direct Debit or monthly Credit Card, you are required to pay for 12 months of membership even if you decide to no longer use the membership. If you stop or cancel your Payroll Deduction, Direct Debit or monthly Credit Card, you will be liable for the remaining part of the 12 months membership fee, and we will invoice you for that payment.
- Student, Volunteer and Retired memberships require the full 12 months payment in advance.
- All reduced price memberships (membership promotions and special offers) require the full 12 months payment in advance when joining or renewing.
- If you renew your membership by paying for the full 12 months in advance, then the membership is non-refundable and not transferrable if you decide to no longer use the membership.
- If you renew (or continue) your membership after the first 12 months, and pay by Payroll Deduction, Direct Debit or monthly Credit Card, your membership is ongoing and you must give 30 days notice to resign your membership. You will be liable for any membership payment arrears, but not for any unused months of the 12 month membership.
- If you wish to resign your membership, you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to formally resign.
- When you resign your membership with ANZCP you will automatically be moved to an ANZCP Website Subscriber account, unless you notify us otherwise, and you agree to those Terms and Conditions.
- By submitting a membership form and payment you are agreeing to these terms and conditions, agree to the ANZCP Privacy and Security Policy, and the ANZCP Refund and Exchange Policy
By registering as a Subscriber on ANZCP's website you agree to the following terms and conditions.
- As a subscriber, you will receive certain benefits, including but not limited to:
- - Access to register for ANZCP CPD and Conferences,
- - Access to some online learning content,
- - Access to an Account page that will hold your details, online learning completed on the ANZCP website and other activities you undertake,
- You agree to ANZCP communicating with you from time to time in relation to, but not limited to:
- - ANZCP Membership offers and promotions,
- - ANZCP Online learning opportunities,
- - ANZCP CPD and Conference offers and promotions,
- - Paramedic Shop offers and promotion,
- - Newsletters in relation to College News, National Registration and other items of relevance to paramedicine.
- You agree to the ANZCP Privacy and Security Policy and the ANZCP Refund and Exchange Policy.
- If you choose to Unsubscribe from communication from ANZCP (such as via our Mailchimp Newsletters), then that will be taken as you cancelling your subscription with us, which will see your website access and all details removed.
- You can cancel your subscription with ANZCP at any time by emailing email@example.com. Your details will be removed from our system, including any details of past events, online learning undertaken, payments and invoices, and all associated certificates. ANZCP will not store or supply any of these details at a later date, as they will be deleted from our system.
Approved byANZCP Board
Date Approved16 August 2013
Date Effective16 August 2013
Date of Next ReviewJuly 2019
Policy DelegateGeneral Manager
The Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine Ltd (ANZCP) puts the needs of our members first. We are committed to providing value-for-money membership services for our members. Our Refund Policy sets out the commitments we make to all our members and some of their responsibilities as members. To discuss your refund please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0419 419 085.
ANZCP membership subscription is a non-refundable fee. New members and existing members should take all care to consider ANZCP membership benefits and fees before entering into or renewing their ANZCP membership. Membership applications will usually be determined within 15 working days and applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application.
In the case of a member making an application in writing to the General Manager within 30 days of making the payment, a refund will be considered. The application must state the reasons for the request of refund of membership fees. A $30 administration fee will apply to handle the process.
You may cancel your workshop booking without penalty or obligation by submitting to ANZCP an email giving at least 3 days notice prior to the relevant workshop. Cancellations made within three days of the workshop will not be refunded. If you are unable to attend for any reason you may have someone substitute for you – just call ANZCP prior to the event on 0419 419 085 to advise of the change. If insufficient registrations are reached or presenters become unavailable ANZCP has the right to cancel workshops and full refunds will be given. ANZCP takes no responsibility for any additional costs incurred to the registrant.
You may cancel your conference booking without penalty or obligation by submitting to ANZCP an email giving at least 7 days notice prior to the relevant conference. After this date, payment of 50% of the full fee will be charged to cover expenses, including lost revenue. Cancellations made within three days of the conference will not be refunded. If you are unable to attend for any reason you may have someone substitute for you – just call ANZCP prior to the event on 0419 419 085 to advise of the change.
If insufficient registrations are reached or presenters become unavailable ANZCP has the right to cancel conferences and full refunds will be given. ANZCP takes no responsibility for any additional costs incurred to the registrant.
If a member is not satisfied with the ANZCP merchandise, members are to contact the ANZCP General Manager within 5 business days of the delivery date. ANZCP does not provide a refund or replacement if you change your mind. Your must have your proof of purchase (receipt) available for ANZCP to review.
ANZCP is happy to exchange sizes if the item still has its tags and is undamaged. Members are responsible for the additional postage costs with exchanged merchandise. Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable. All returns must be pre-paid by the buyer. Please allow 10 days from the day you return your product for your account to be credited or your exchange product to be redelivered.
For faulty items, these will be inspected by ANZCP and if the item is deemed to be faulty due to manufacturing, ANZCP will replace or refund free of additional postage changes. If deemed not to be faulty, it will not qualify for an exchange or refund under this return type.
Approved byANZCP Board
Date Approved16 August 2013
Date Effective16 August 2013
Date of Next ReviewJuly 2019
Policy DelegateGeneral Manager
ANZCP collects and administers a range of personal information for the purposes of maintaining their database of members, website subscribers and customers. The organisation is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information it collects, holds and administers.
ANZCP recognises the essential right of individuals to have their information administered in ways which they would reasonably expect – protected on one hand, and made accessible to them on the other. These privacy values are reflected in and supported by our core values and philosophies.
ANZCP is bound by the State and Territory Privacy Laws, the Information Privacy Act 2000, as well as other laws, which impose specific obligations when it comes to handling information.
In broad terms this means that we:
- Collect only information which the organisation requires for its primary function;
- Ensure that stakeholders are informed as to why we collect the information and how we administer the information gathered;
- Use and disclose personal information only for our primary functions or a directly related purpose, or for another purpose with the person’s consent;
- Store personal information securely, protecting it from unauthorised access; and
- Provide stakeholders with access to their own information, and the right to seek its correction.
ANZCP will adhere to the Procedures outlined below.
- Only collect information that is necessary for the performance and primary function of ANZCP.
- Notify members, subscribers and customers about why we collect the information and how it is administered.
- Notify members, subscribers and customers that their information is accessible to them.
Use and Disclosure
- Only use or disclose information for the primary purpose for which it was collected or a directly related secondary purpose.
- For other uses we will obtain consent from the affected person.
- Take reasonable steps to ensure the information we collect is accurate, complete, up-to-date, and relevant to the functions we perform.
Data Security and Retention
- Safeguard the information we collect and store against misuse, loss, unauthorised access and modification.
- Use professional companies to destroy personal records in accordance with federal legislation.
- Make this information freely available in relevant publications and on the organisation’s website.
Access and Correction
- Ensure individuals have a right to seek access to information held about them and to correct it if it is inaccurate, incomplete, misleading or not up-to-date.
- Give members, subscribers and customers the option of not identifying themselves when completing evaluation forms or opinion surveys.
Making information available to other service providers
- Can only release personal information about a person with that person’s expressed permission. For personal information to be released, the person concerned must sign a release form.
- Can release information to third parties where it is requested by the person concerned.
- Can disclose specific information in response to a court order or required by law.
ANZCP’s Board and General Manager are responsible for adopting this policy.
ANZCP’s Board and all staff members, contractors and volunteers are responsible for the implementation of this policy. ANZCP General Manager is responsible for monitoring changes in Privacy legislation and for reviewing this policy as and when the need arises.
As with many websites, we gather information about how visitors use our website. We may use the information we collect to:
- Operate, provide, improve and maintain the Website
- Customise and/or personalise your communications and shopping experience
- Better respond to your customer service inquiries
- Communicate with you about your membership, subscription and service needs
- Communicate with you about our services, products and events, and for other promotional purposes
- Improve our business
- Administer contests, promotions, surveys or other website features
We always use industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving member and customer data communicated to or from our website. We do not transmit, process or store credit/debit card data through our website. Our online payment gateway adhere to all PCI DSS requirements. The security of our stakeholder information is of great importance to us, and we will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that your details are protected.
We take great care with the information we hold about you. Our aim is to ensure that any details are securely protected from misuse, loss, and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. We will take reasonable care to make sure that we keep your information in an accurate, complete and up to date manner. When that information is no longer needed, it will be permanently destroyed or de-identified.
Whilst it is true that no system is ever completely secure, we believe the measures we have implemented provide appropriate protection.
You may be able to access external websites by clicking on links we have provided on our website. However, these websites are not subject to our privacy standards, policies and procedures, and we expressly disclaim any loss or liability arising in relation to your access to, or any information you disclose on, those websites. You will need to contact or review those websites directly to ascertain their privacy standards, policies and procedures.
Year in Review
Universities - including Paramedical Studies universities
Charles Sturt University - CSU
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Edith Cowan University (ECU)
Flinders University (FU)
Monash University (Monash)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
University of Ballarat (UB)
University of Sunshine Coast (USC)
University of Tasmania (UTas)
Victoria University (VU)
Statutory and Private Service Providers and Employers
ACT Ambulance Service
Ambulance Service of New South Wales
Queensland Ambulance Service
SA Ambulance Service
St John Ambulance Northern Territory
St John Ambulance Western Australia
Volunteer Ambulance Officers of Tasmania
Tertiary & Information Services
National Health Agencies
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQH)
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
Health Alliance and Professional Groups
Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA)
National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA)
Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)
Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA)
Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC)
Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA)
College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA)
Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANA)
Australian Medical Association (AMA)
Overseas links (various categories)
National Ambulance Sector Office, New Zealand
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council, Ireland
British Paramedic Association, College of Paramedics
St. John Ambulance Sites Around the World
Singapore Civil Defence Force
The King’s Fund
Whilst all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the links above, ANZCP accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions.
If you would like to submit a link for this page contact the General Manager
CONTACT THE COLLEGE
For information on College activities, including membership, education and scholarship/grants please contact our office
John Bruning | General Manager
0419 419 085
Lauren Daws | Education & Membership Manager
0428 466 971
Lea Cowdrey | Membership Administrator & Paramedic Shop
0409 362 780
All mail correspondence to the College should be addressed to:
PO Box 1175
Leichhardt NSW 2040