The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee report into the “Establishment of a national registration system for Australian paramedics to improve and ensure patient and community safety” is now available online (Click Here):
The key recommendations are:
4.9 The committee recommends that the paramedic profession be nationally registered and accredited throughout Australia, and that such a scheme give consideration to ‘grandparenting’ arrangements for current paramedics, while ensuring that they meet the agreed professional standards.
4.13 The committee recommends the establishment of a paramedic board, operating in conjunction with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) and administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
4.17 The committee recommends that all Australian states and territories participate in a national registration and accreditation system for paramedics.
The College had made submissions to the Senate Committee and attended the hearing, and therefore had a good understanding of the likely recommendations, which is clearly in support of National Registration of Paramedics.