Paramedics Australasia, or ‘PA’, is the peak professional organisation representing practitioners who provide paramedic services to the community. Paramedics are best known for their involvement in the delivery of out-of-hospital emergency medical care through their work with various ambulance service organisations and on humanitarian and relief operations. However, paramedics work in many environments including community, industrial, military, hospital and university settings.
Paramedics Australasia provides a respected voice in determining how changes in health service provision, legislation and clinical practice are shaped and implemented to enhance the quality of patient care. We do this by representing the interests of practitioners on matters relating to:
- Health policies that affect the access to and delivery of front-line primary and emergency care
- The professional standards of education, training, and continuing professional development
- The funding, service standards, quality and accreditation of emergency service providers
- The registration of practitioners and the regulatory framework of paramedic practice
- The fostering of best practice through research into out-of-hospital and emergency medical care
- Enhanced communication and interaction between paramedics and other health and allied health professionals.
There a many reasons why becoming a member of Paramedics Australasia will benefit your paramedic career. As a member you will receive:
- Access to our member-only eLearning platform with CPD activities, conference videos, online journal club and more
- A quarterly general interest, training and education bulletin, RESPONSE
- A monthly e-newsletter to help keep you informed and up-to-date, Rapid Response
- Access to our peer-reviewed journal, the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
- Updates on what’s happening in your profession via Facebook and Twitter
- Access to scientific conferences, symposia and other professional workshops
- Exclusive member-only access to apply for scholarships for CPD activities
- Up-to-date and accurate information on the national registration of paramedics.
You can also become involved in:
- Evidence-based research and special interest groups (including a range of grants to individual members)
Health care policy committees, regulatory bodies, clinical groups and other health care stakeholder activities
- Professional networking and international links.Click here to become a member of Paramedics Australasia.
Paramedics – Australia’s most trusted profession – are progressing towards national registration and inclusion in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. Paramedics are set to become the 15th Australian profession in the scheme, which is regulated by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority, joining the ranks of health professions including medical, dental, nursing and midwifery.
Paramedics Australasia has been advocating for national registration for the paramedic profession over many years and has been driven by the goal of safe and effective out-of-hospital care for the Australian public. PA continues to speak for the profession on this very important matter and engage with practitioners, employers, educationalists and all levels of government.
Registration and the regulation of New Zealand health professions is legislated under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) where the government believes the public needs protection from a health care provider. Twenty-two health professions are currently registered under 16 Responsible Authorities. Registered paramedics would be individually responsible for attaining and maintaining an annual practicing certificate and clinical portfolio that demonstrates adherence to the standards of a national competency framework. Regulation provides greater national consistency and transparency and puts the responsibility for demonstrating adherence to professional standards on to each registered paramedic.
Student Paramedics Australasia, or SPA, is a special interest group of Paramedics Australasia, a professional society for paramedics engaged in the delivery of out-of-hospital emergency medical services, or EMS.
PA provides a platform for the representation of EMS practitioners and the development and promotion of policies designed to enhance the quality of out-of-hospital emergency patient care. Part of this commitment looks at the education and professional development of students engaged in university study programs. SPA was created to help shape and direct PA services to student paramedics, and has grown rapidly as the primary organisation for paramedic students enrolled in a university paramedic degree.
Since its inception in 2007, SPA has achieved significant milestones through the delivery of student-mediated activities that work as a catalyst for peer learning and development. With university representation at nine universities across the country, the number of student members has grown to over 1200 students across Oceania committed to professional practice ideals.
By joining SPA as a student paramedic you support PA and SPA to work together to represent the interests of members. Some of the activities being undertaken include:
- Providing up-to-date insight into out-of-hospital care, inter-professional practice and associated issues
- Enhancing the professional standards of education, training and continuing professional development
- Providing opportunities for communication and interaction between students, PA members and other stakeholders
- Promoting the national registration for all paramedics who have a nationally recognised qualification and expertise in the provision of EMS
- Providing opportunities for professional skills and education development beyond the university environment
- Providing opportunities for students to engage in issues affecting the profession
- Representing paramedic students on issues affecting their education, including equity and provision of clinical placements, rural health initiatives, study scholarships and more.
Paramedics Australasia eLearning is a members-only resource. Our eLearning platform hosts a wide range of online learning activities including recorded presentations from conferences and CPD events, eLearning courses, AJP Journal Club and more.
If you have any questions or feedback about the site please email eLearning@paramedics.org
If you have forgotten your log in details, please contact membership to reset your username and/or password. You can update your details at any time by accessing the ‘Change Your Details’ link under Membership on the main page – this information will be used for your eLearning details.
You can contact membership services at email@example.com
PAIC, or Paramedics Australasia International Conference, is a yearly conference run by Paramedics Australasia. It is an internationally renowned scientific paramedicine conference attracting pre-eminent speakers and delegates from around the world.
The Paramedics Australasia national office is responsible for overseeing all activities relating to the running and strategic direction of PA. Some of the key activities include:
- Providing key administrative support to the PA Chapters
- Providing administrative support to the PA special interest groups
- Coordinating and supporting all PA Board activities
- Ensuring PA follows appropriate governance and audit functions
- Providing strategic direction and planning and implementation of PA’s strategic plan
- Coordinating scholarships and grants
- Coordinating the annual international conference
- Advocating paramedicine to other related industry and government organisations
- Facilitation of the annual mental health and wellbeing conference and advocating for improved paramedic mental health and wellbeing support
- Dealing with membership enquiries and questions
- Delivery of key publications including RESPONSE magazine, Australasian Journal of Paramedicine and Rapid Response
- Plus much much more!
You can contact the national office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paramedics Australasia has Chapters in every state and territory in Australia and in New Zealand. The role of the these Chapters is to ensure the delivery of services to local membership including:
- Providing opportunities for professional development and continuing education
- Giving local members a direct voice into the association
- Providing paramedics the opportunity to network among peers
- Giving paramedics the opportunity to join their local committee and make a difference
- Providing the opportunity to join one of PA’s many special interest groups.