Just a few weeks ago we updated you to advise that the draft Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment Law 2017 that had been submitted to the Queensland Parliament had been recommended by its Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee for final approval by the Queensland Parliament. That approval occurred today (6 September) following the usual parliamentary debate. As we have previously explained, other jurisdictions recognise this Law (in various ways) so that it is applied consistently across Australia.
This Law now enables the establishment of the Paramedicine Board of Australia, and recognises Paramedicine as the 15th Health Profession to be regulated under the NRAS.
We should very soon hear the outcome of the selection process for the Board positions advertised earlier this year, with the appointment of the Paramedicine Board of Australia by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council. Following their appointment, the members of the Board can commence the significant amount of work to have everything ready for the commencement of the regulation of Paramedics by late 2018.
In the interest of informing paramedics on the Regulation of Paramedics, AHPRA has established a webpage providing more detailed information on the regulation of Paramedics, including a FAQ page we previously mentioned as well as a mailing list to keep updated. The webpage can be found here:
The College has fought long and hard over many years to achieve this outcome and we congratulate all those individuals who have been involved in bringing Registration to fruition.
The College also thanks the respective Ministers, and Government Officials it has met and worked with over the years for their contribution to this outcome.
The regulation of Paramedics will ensure the public continue to be served by qualified, safe and effective practitioners in the field of Paramedicine.