Paramedics Australasia (PA) policy advisor Ray Bange accompanied by ACT Committee members David Tassicker and Darren Penny met with representatives of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on Thursday 30 June 2010. The meeting discussed the current and future directions being explored by the ADF regarding military medic qualifications and the professional training continuum including the relationship with external University and VET sector qualifications.
The PA representatives provided insights into current activities in relation to the civilian paramedic profession. It was noted that military medics in the UK were captured within the registered paramedic profession under the Health Professions Council and a similar registered group was being proposed in New Zealand.
Included within these discussions was the determination of a nominated point of contact (POC) responsible for facilitating all matters relating to ADF medic training and providing a single entry to ADF through a Joint Health Command desk officer.