On Thursday 28 November, the Hon. Dr Kim Hames MLA, Western Australia Deputy Premier and Health Minister met with Paramedics Australasia (PA) Vice President Professor Richard Brightwell and Principal Policy Advisor Ray Bange.
The meeting was one of several recently undertaken by PA with key decision makers in advocating national registration of the profession.
Recent legislative developments in Tasmania and South Australia regarding the restriction of the use of the title ‘paramedic’ were discussed in terms of their contribution to public safety.
The PA representatives outlined a number of measures being developed by the profession that were consistent with national registration. These included the development of the consolidated Paramedicine Role Descriptions and progress in developing a comprehensive Standard on Continuing Professional Development. These moves were seen as consistent with the current proposals for registration and as part of long range strategies to ensure best practice paramedic services.
Note was also taken of other projects currently being carried out by Health Workforce Australia on extended care roles and the HWA conduct of a paramedic workforce study.
Dr Hames expressed strong support for national registration in the public interest and his concern at the apparent slowness of progress to date. He encouraged PA to work with stakeholders at all levels nationally to broadcast the need for registration to enhance public safety.
Dr Hames also welcomed the continued liaison of PA with the paramedic registration project team and encouraged the sharing of appropriate information that would help to facilitate paramedic registration as soon as possible.