On Thursday 28 November, Paramedics Australasia (PA) Executive Member Professor Richard Brightwell and Principal Policy Advisor Ray Bange met with Mr Roger Cook MLA, the Western Australia Shadow Health Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
The meeting was one of several recently undertaken by PA with key political figures across Australia and New Zealand in the advocacy of the profession.
Among the issues discussed were the development of the Paramedicine Role Descriptions and moves to develop a comprehensive position on continuing professional development for professional paramedics. These moves are consistent with the current proposals for registration and other strategic options outlined in the PA commentary The Forgotten Health Profession.
Note was also taken of other developments in healthcare and the various workforce studies currently being carried out by Health Workforce Australia.
The importance of paramedic registration and recent legislative developments in Tasmania and South Australia regarding the restriction of the use of the title ‘paramedic’ were discussed in terms of their potential contribution to public safety.
Mr Cook expressed support for the actions of PA in seeking independent national paramedic registration in the public interest. He also looked forward to continued liaison and information sharing with PA on any paramedic registration developments.