• 8th Aug 2019

The future of paramedic representation in Australasia

Thank you to the significant number of members who provided feedback to a recent communication from Peter Jurkovsky, President of Paramedics Australasia (PA) and Marty Nichols, Chair of Australian & New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP) outlining a proposed merger of the two organisations to form a new entity, the Australasian College of Paramedicine (ACP).

The initial feedback from members of both organisations has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive of a merger that would see the establishment of a powerful and influential single peak body for paramedicine in Australasia, for the benefit of paramedics, paramedicine and the community.

National registration in Australia (and strong impetus for the same in New Zealand) represents a pivotal period in paramedicine in Australasia requiring a unified and single representation body for paramedics and the broader paramedicine community.

PA and ANZCP have a shared vision for leading the professionalism of paramedicine in our region and a willingness to build a new entity with increased collective impact, member benefit and efficiencies. Having collaborated successfully in recent years on initiatives such as the ‘Survive and Thrive’ mental health and wellbeing conferences and supporting each other’s key events, a unified single organisation is a natural evolution.

Benefits of a merger to form a new entity

  • One single peak body representing over 7,000 paramedics in Australasia will strengthen our voice to advocate for paramedicine, and influence policy and government agenda.
  • Strength in scale will ensure sustainable and efficient operation costs leading to greater member benefits and resources.
  • Combined resources will enable extended offerings of conferences, face-to-face CPD and eLearning opportunities, a peer reviewed journal, organisation magazine and newsletters, and a comprehensive social media presence and website.
  • Member access to sector-leading professional indemnity insurance.
  • Opportunities to participate in a broader range of profession-specific special interest groups.
  • Greater support for paramedicine research.
  • There will be many opportunities for members to play important roles in the direction of the college, including; becoming a director, being appointed to member committees, representing the college on external committees and bodies, and the delivery of local CPD events.

What do our members say?

We are all here to promote, support and represent current and future professional paramedicine in the interests of paramedics and our patients. Let's do it together and be an example to our colleagues and other medical professions. I think a single, united college will better represent the profession and members.

I believe the merging of the two organisations will allow for a better sharing of resources and funds, as well as provide a central and unified voice for the profession.

The merger of ANZCP and Paramedics Australasia is timely with the bedding down of registration of paramedics in Australia. The new entity will not only be strongly supported from a membership perspective but it will represent paramedics and paramedicine, promoting excellence in practice and shaping health policies. It will act as a network of stewards as well as advice services for members.

I fully support this concept and see this as a further step in the evolution of out-of-hospital care.

What do our paramedicine leaders say?

“I strongly support the proposed merger between Paramedics Australasia and the Australian & New Zealand College of Paramedicine. The emergence of a single, unified body to represent the interests of paramedics and drive the profession forward is a development we should embrace and support.”

Dr Paul Simpson – Intensive Care Paramedic and Director of Paramedicine at Western Sydney University

“Consolidating the resources and capability of ANZCP and PA into the proposed single professional association would as suggested, not only enhance member services, benefits and support offerings, but would also establish the new college clearly, as the peak professional ‘paramedicine’ body, representing practitioners who provide paramedic services in the region.”

Associate Professor Stephen Gough ASM -The Paramedicine Board of Australia

We invite you to have your say

Every fortnight we will be bringing you information on a range of topics that have an impact on the proposed merger and we invite you to have your say and input at each stage. To date, we have been able to address a range of questions arising from member emails and in a coming communiqué we will prepare a FAQ information sheet based on the most common queries.

In the meantime, please email or call us to discuss any questions you may have or to express your views and provide feedback. You can email merger@anzcp.org.au or call the College General Manager, John Bruning, on 0419 419 085 to provide feedback.

Yours sincerely

Marty Nichols
Australian & New Zealand College of Paramedicine

Peter Jurkovsky
Paramedics Australasia

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