Minister acknowledges PA’s hard work and advocacy in making national registration a reality

The Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, The Honourable Cameron Dick, has publicly thanked Paramedics Australasia for their “hard work and advocacy over many years” adding, “You’ve made this day a reality”.

The Minister tweeted his praise and personal thanks to PA after the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 was passed by the Queensland Parliament on Wednesday.

PA Vice-President Neil Noble, praised the legislation.

“Paramedics across Australia welcome this milestone in our profession,” he said. “It has been a long time coming, and I congratulate the Palaszczuk Government and Minister Dick for their commitment and passion to this important step in the future of paramedicine in Australia.”

PA continues to keep its members up-to-date on national registration issues through our National Registration Hotline and through our website and social media via Facebook and Twitter. We liaise directly with ministers, the health department, policy makers and AHPRA on national registration.

PA’s Board Director, Peter Jurkovsky, is Chair of the National Registration Working Group, and as such is a valued and reliable source of current information and legal interpretation on matters as they occur on a daily basis around paramedic registration. He described the passing of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 in the Queensland parliament as a watershed day in the generational evolution of the paramedic profession stating that, “the passage of this law is the penultimate step prior to assent and now paves the way for the introduction of the inaugural Paramedicine Board of Australia and the implementation of the important procedures and policies which will be required to transition paramedicine as the newest registered health profession”.

Mr Jurkovsky added that “Paramedics Australasia has been at the forefront of the drive to achieve this role recognition and vital public safety measure for over a decade and will continue to lead on behalf of members and the entire profession throughout Australia and it was particularly pleasing to see The Honourable Cameron Dick, as the responsible Minister, warmly acknowledge the role of paramedics and the manner in which Paramedics Australasia has supported this important reform”.

We will bring you further updates as they come to hand.