Study outlines legal arguments supporting national registration

In Volume 8, issue 4 (2010) of the JEPHC, Eburn and Bendall look at some of the reasons supporting national registration of paramedics. 

The paper identifies a growing private ambulance sector, notwithstanding legislative prohibitions on the provision of ambulance services that exist in nearly all Australian State and Territories.

There appears to be no intention to prosecute private ambulance providers and, indeed, governments probably appreciate that these services fill a need and reduce the demand for non-emergency services on statutory ambulance services.

The paper defines what is meant by ambulance services and describes what is prohibited in each Australian jurisdiction and then argues that, to ensure the providers of ambulance services continue to deliver a quality service to the public, there should be a legally sanctioned system to register paramedics and to restrict the use of various titles associated with the out of hospital health
sector.For the full article see: JEPHC Registration Paper