ANZCP last updated members in early May as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) updated its website and advertised for Paramedic and Community Directors on the inaugural Paramedicine Board of Australia (PBA), the Board who will be in charge of navigating us into a registered health profession. The recruitment and appointment process for these Directors is still in progress (shortlisting has occurred), with the Health Ministers expected to announce its appointment of board members sometime in September or October 2017 following the passing of the draft Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment Law 2017 in the Queensland Parliament.
Once the Paramedicine Board of Australia is appointed, it will commence meeting and developing the registration standards and other policies and procedures in association with the regulator AHPRA, to enable the commencement of Paramedic registration under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in late 2018. The Board will consult the paramedic community on a number of these matters as it moves forward.
In March this year we also advised that the draft Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment Law 2017 had been drafted and was submitted to the Queensland Parliament (where the existing legislation other jurisdictions recognise currently sits). The bill was introduced into Queensland Parliament on 13 June 2017 and referred to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee, who held a public hearing on 17 July 2017. That committee released its report today (11 August) and recommended the Bill be passed. The report is available: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Documents/TableOffice/TabledPapers/2017/5517T1314.pdf
The Bill is now expected to be debated in the Queensland Parliament in the weeks of 22 August or 4 September and this will pave the way for the establishment of the Paramedicine Board of Australia.
In the interest of informing paramedics on the Regulation of Paramedics, AHPRA has developed a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on its website to provide more detailed information on the progress of the regulation and what it sees as the likely progress moving forward, based on its experience as regulator of other health professions.
The AHPRA FAQ webpage can be accessed here: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Regulation-of-paramedics/FAQ-for-paramedics.aspx
ANZCP encourages members to keep up to date on the progress of paramedic registration, as we move closer to the commencement date (projected late 2018). ANZCP will continue to update members of significant milestones, with the next update expected when the PBA board members are announced.