Paramedics Australasia meets with Queensland Health Minister Paramedics Australasia National Board Director Helen Eyles and National Policy Advisor Ray Bange met with The Queensland Minister for Health Hon. Lawrence Springborg MP and his Principal Policy Advisor Mr Neil Hamilton-Smith on Monday 13 August 2012. The discussions covered a number of issues in relation to recent developments within the profession and the role of paramedics in healthcare.
Particular reference was made to the underlying reasons for national registration of paramedics and the current progress under the limited consultation program being managed by the WA Department of Health. The distinction between the provision of ambulance services and the registration of health practitioners (including paramedics) were raised, including the overarching responsibility of Health Ministers for the safety and quality of healthcare within their jurisdictions.
The support of the Minister was sought for national registration of paramedics and it was noted that both the West Australian and the South Australian Health Ministers had already declared their strong support for registration of paramedic practitioners.
The discussions were fruitful and it was agreed that Paramedics Australasia would ensure the Minister and his advisors were kept informed of further developments as the registration program unfolded.