In a letter to PA President Dr Peter Hartley and NSW Chapter Chair Joe Acker, Jillian Skinner NSW Minister for Health acknowledged the important role that Paramedics Australasia has in representing the paramedic profession and its commitment to patient safety through ensuring the highest level of professionalism for its members. The Minister’s support follows a recent meeting and communication between PA representatives and the Minister’s key advisers through which PA has consistently advocated for NSW to support national registration of paramedics.

To date, the New South Wales government has remained committed to supporting the vocational pathway for paramedics, even though no other state or territory in Australia retains a vocational pathway and the minimum entry requirements for every other state and territory ambulance service is an undergraduate degree in paramedicine.

PA seeks to assure the Minister that national registration of paramedics through the AHPRA Scheme, will incorporate grandparenting provisions and transitional arrangements for qualifications of the workforce in NSW and in other Australian jurisdictions. The four most recent practitioner groups approved to the National Scheme in 2012 all had three year grandparenting registration standards under the provisions of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act to ensure the transitional arrangements for qualifications are relevant to each of the professions.