Should Australian paramedics be subject to national registration?
Australian paramedics are currently state/ territory regulated. Each jurisdiction defin” rel=”nofollow”>ines paramedic scope of practise, educational requirements and manages performance appraisal/ disciplin” rel=”nofollow”>ine.
Paramedic is not a protected title within” rel=”nofollow”>in Australia. Anyone can legally title themselves a paramedic leadin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to varyin” rel=”nofollow”>ing competency standards and public confusion.
Historically, paramedics have been stretcher bearers/ drivers. With extended scope of practise comes extended risk of harm to the public. National registration admin” rel=”nofollow”>inistered by the Australian Health
Practitioner Regulation Authority will provide in” rel=”nofollow”>independent assurances of quality and safety as well as nationally reservin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the title of paramedic.
Opponents to national registration argue that the costs associated with the scheme would outweigh the benefits and that current state/territory regulatory methods sufficiently protect the public.
What this fails to address is the paramedics workin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>in private practise who are not under state/ territory authority.