The Australian & New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP) acknowledges the reports in the Brisbane Courier Mail "Lets play pretend" (page 15) and the Mackay Daily Mercury "'Fake' medic accused over flu jabs" (page 1) yesterday about a person who has been practicing as a paramedic who came to notice following his application for membership to ANZCP.
ANZCP wishes to provide the following statement on this matter:
ANZCP received an application for membership from a member of the private sector paramedic community citing qualifications, extensive international experience and senior positions in paramedic businesses. After following due diligence, we were unable to verify the validity of the paramedic qualifications that that person submitted to qualify for membership. The application, and the associated documentation (including qualifications) were provided to authorities due to a number of irregularities.
As a consequence, Queensland Health issued the individual with a temporary prohibition order preventing that person from practicing health care in any way, and subsequently, Queensland Police has laid charges. As the matter is before the courts no further comment on this matter will be made.
ANZCP takes seriously the bona fides of its paramedic members, and the integrity of its membership. This incident adds further justification to ANZCP's strong position and advocacy for many years on the need for the National Registration of Paramedics under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). We are pleased that in October last year the Health Ministers agreed to register the Paramedic profession under the NRAS and this process is well underway with Paramedics set to become the 15th National Health Profession by the end of 2018.