The Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC) has given ‘in principle’ support
for the national registration of paramedics. AHMC has referred the matter to the
Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) and the further development
of proposals is now part of the Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC) workplan.
The lead agency in the development of advice to the AHMAC is the Department of
Health in Western Australia with the objective of potentially including paramedics within
the National Registration Accreditation Scheme by 2014.
The President of ACAP, Ian Patrick said that the profession welcomed this progressive
move in the interests of public safety, and looked forward to working closely with the
advisory group and other agencies in progressing the registration proposals without delay.