On Monday 24th May, representatives of Paramedics Australasia (PA) and the National Council of Ambulance Unions (NCAU) met to discuss common interests in the quest for national registration of paramedics and regulation of the paramedic profession.
Wide ranging discussions took place including collaborative actions that could advance the matter without delay.
PA and NCAU representatives noted the widespread support from practitioners and the growing endorsement by various jurisdictions for the registration of paramedics and the inclusion of EMS within national healthcare policy.
PA and NCAU are disappointed that so far the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) has not embraced the principle of national registration which we see as fundamentally important for the profession and in the interests of public safety.
PA and NCAU believe it is time for the CAA and Ambulance Services nationally to take positive steps to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the early implementation of national registration. We would welcome their participation.
In the meantime both PA and the NCAU will continue to develop a program of joint activities to be undertaken to progress registration at both state and national levels.
Ian Patrick ASM