Paramedic registration in New Zealand is currently sitting before Cabinet for final approval.
It appears likely that registration and regulation will be approved so it is important for all ambulance staff to prepare themselves for an announcement in the near future. Once approved it will take 12 to 18 months for the details of the regulatory framework to be developed. This will draw on the experience and structure from the recently developed Australian paramedic registration system, which currently has 20,000 registered paramedics.
The New Zealand process will be co-ordinated by Ambulance New Zealand. An independent registration working group made up of practising paramedic clinicians nominated by St John, Wellington Free Ambulance, private providers, AUT, Whitireia and Paramedics Australasia will develop the systems and determine the framework under which registered paramedics will operate.
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