Internationally Paramedics and Ambulance Officers are regulated in different ways. The most recent example of a move towards registration is New Zealand where an application for registration of paramedics was lodged with the Ministry of Health in October 2011. The lead up to this application involved an extensive consultation period managed by Ambulance New Zealand, followed by a comprehensive survey, analysis and discussion period during the development of the submission.
This process is still ongoing and the outcome of the Ministry recommendations and Minister’s decision is awaited.
Although Australia’s bid for registration is completely independent, documentation and information from the New Zealand experience can help to inform us. Provided below are a series of documents that have been influential in New Zealand’s progress towards registration.
- NZ registration forum sessions
- NZ registration booklet
- NZ Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act
- Senate report on Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
For further information regarding the New Zealand registration experience visit their WEBSITE.
To find out how to get involved in Australia’s bid for registration, contact the PA Policy Advisor Ray Bange; firstname.lastname@example.org