Paramedics throughout Australia have welcomed the proposals to develop a national practitioner registration system for paramedics under the framework of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

The West Australian Government has been allocated $100,000 in federal funding to lead a project that will develop a national registration framework by the end of 2011.

The National President of the Australasian College of Ambulance Professionals (ACAP)[1] (Mr Ian Patrick) said that the profession was strongly in favour of the development as it provided an independent mechanism that would protect the public.

It would help ensure that an attending paramedic was fit to practice and met the stringent ethical and competency standards expected of a professional paramedic.

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[1] ACAP is the national body representing the professional interests of Australian paramedics.