The interim report from the Victorian Ambulance Policy Performance committee was released on 18 March 2015 and includes some references to registration – in particular the report states:
Paramedics should be registered and regulated through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
A national system of registration would protect the title of paramedic, recognise the professionalism and level of skill and qualifications of paramedics, safeguard the public from impaired or poorly performing paramedics, allow more interstate movement and flexibility for paramedics and increase the commitment to continuing professional development. An independent and transparent approach to investigations into complaints about impairment, performance assessment and conduct through such a scheme is also regarded as a benefit.
The risk factors for paramedics are similar to a range of health professions that are registered and regulated through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. There is widespread support among paramedics for paramedics to be registered and regulated through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
Public complaints should be more transparent
Ambulance users, their families and communities have expressed some concern about Ambulance Victoria’s transparency and its responsiveness to patient complaints. This is an issue of concern that requires reform.
PA is pleased that this has been included in the interim report.