Les Hotchin (National Secretary) and Peter Hartley (Victorian Chapter) attended the AHMAC consultation session in Melbourne on 23 March 2011.

The Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) is currently undertaking consultation to consider options for strengthening regulation requirements for currently unregistered health practitioners.  The consultation is intended to gather information and views to assist in determining the adequacy of existing protections for consumers, which includes medical treatment from Paramedics.

Paramedics Australasia is closely following the discussions and participating in consultation activities to ensure the voice of paramedics is heard.

The consultation has come in response to an increase in complaints to health departments, registration boards and Health Complaints Entities concerning unregistered health practitioners.

At this stage three options are being considered:

Option 1: No change – rely on existing regulatory and non-regulatory mechanisms.

Option 2: Strengthen self-regulation – a voluntary code of practice.

Option 3: Strengthen health complaint mechanisms – a statutory code of conduct.

The consultation period is open until 15 April 2011.  Submissions are invited in response to the AHMAC consultation paper and consultation forums are being held in each State and Territory.  Further information is available from AHMAC.