Paramedics Australasia National Policy Advisor Ray Bange met with Michele Kosky, the Executive Director of the Health Consumers’ Council WA (Inc) on Friday 1 June.  The meeting was a follow up to earlier contacts with the Council on matters of common interest.

Discussions covered the role of paramedics in emergency and primary care and the integration of out-of-hospital care into the mainstream of healthcare policy and funding. Note was taken of the healthcare policy and strategy options outlined in the PA position commentary The Forgotten Health Profession. There was a particular focus on regulatory developments, complaints management and consumer engagement including the limited consultation program dealing with paramedic registration currently being managed by WA Health Department.

The importance of paramedic registration and the presumptive restriction of the use of title as significant contributors to public safety were discussed. Michele expressed the Council’s strong support for the principles of an independent paramedic registration framework in the public interest as a natural extension of best practice regulatory management. She expressed a desire to see continued liaison and information sharing in the lead up to the proposed registration consultation process.