Update May 2016

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:

Recommendation 1

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.

Recommendation 2

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).

Recommendation 3

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.