PA to Review Key Reforms on the National Regulation of Paramedics

PA’s National Registration Working Group will review key reforms on the national regulation of paramedics

PA’s National Registration Working Group (NRWG), led by Peter Jurkovsky, is meeting this week to prepare a response to the COAG Health Council’s (Council of Australian Governments) draft Bill for the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment Law 2017 released at a Victorian government convened key stakeholder consultation yesterday (6 February 2017). Included in the draft Bill are proposed changes to the National Law to enable national regulation of paramedics.

A summary of the draft Bill includes:

  • the establishment of the Paramedicine Board of Australia, which will be responsible for regulating paramedics with regulatory and other support provided by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • amendments to the National Law that will require people who use the title ‘paramedic’ to be registered
  • qualifications necessary for registration as a paramedic
  • registration fees for paramedics
  • transitional provisions for national regulation of paramedics.

An FAQ document has also been released that addresses a range of issues including ‘grandparenting’ of existing paramedics.

Feedback on the amendments to the National Law is open until 22 February 2017. The Ministerial Council will consider comments received in finalising the draft Bill for approval in the first half of 2017.

PA’s NRWG in conjunction with the PA Board will prepare a response on the draft amendments to the National Law and this will be shared with members. In the next 48 hours we will provide a link to the two documents referred to above, and members are encouraged to read and provide input to the working group.

Please contact Robyn Smith, Executive Officer at robyn.smith@paramedics.org.au or by phoning
1300 793 385.

Peter Jurkovsky
Chair, PA National Registration Working Group