The Four Corners program – “Out of Time” – aired in July, 2009 and examined four deaths attributed to inadequate responses by St John Ambulance (Western Australia). That program precipitated an urgent government Inquiry into St John Ambulance which reported to the  Minister for Health in October 2009.

The Report noted that there was no national registration body for paramedics in Australia. To meet increasing demand for ambulance services while continuing to ensure the highest levels of patient safety, the Inquiry recommended that paramedics should be recognised as a professional group to ensure accountability for their activities, and that a registration scheme would enhance quality standards and support robust clinical governance. 

Recommendation 10 of the Inquiry Report (p 9) said:

“DoH pursues, through the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council, the national registration of paramedics.”

To view the entire report, click HERE