Ian Patrick (President) was invited to present on behalf of ACAP to the Parliament of Western Australia, Clinical Senate in Perth on Friday 26 March 2010.
The presentation was based around a request to explore opportunities for expanding interprofessional practice within the Australian context. The potential for changing the scope of paramedic practice to support communities and their needs was a central theme in the presentation.
Targeting the appropriate scope of practice to patients at the earliest opportunity requires appropriate control, structured call-taking, and appropriate despatch models. Engagement of alternate service providers, integration of care, and supplementation of service where necessary by changing the paramedic scope of practice are all opportunities for improving community health through interprofessional practice.