PA New Zealand prepared a formal submission to the recent review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003. The review commenced on August 31 2012 with the release of a discussion document published by the Ministry of Health seeking views from stakeholders.

The scope of the review was agreed by Cabinet, with the aim of ensuring that the Act retains the ability to safeguard health practitioners’ competence in a changing health system.

The review was designed to assess how the operation of the Act can be improved including: how the Act supports the delivery of the health workforce New Zealand needs now and in the future; how the pastoral care of health professionals can be improved; how a robust workforce data collection system can be developed; how the Act can work effectively within the wider health environment; and whether the Act can provide optimal levels and types of regulation for the next five to ten years.

More information about the review can be found on the New Zealand Ministry of Health Website.

The PA Submission to the review discussed the key issues relevant to paramedics in New Zealand highlighting the important role that paramedics play in the patient journey and the commencement of medical treatment in the out-of-hospital environment. The full submission to the review can be found HERE.