After some discussion in the media regarding regulation of of first aid and paramedic service providers Paramedics Australasia has released a statement in support of the call for regulation of service providers and the registration of Paramedic practitioners under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency framework.

“As paramedics we place a focus on providing appropriate health care at the right time, in the right place and by the right people.” Paramedics Australasia President Ian Patrick said.  “At major events within the community there can be an increased risk of injury or harm and it is essential that appropriate health care is readily available at the site.”

“As it is now, there is no national standard for the operation of private or public paramedic service providers and the regulatory arrangements for events vary across the country.  Event organisers can be uncertain about the level of care they need to provide and moreover, need assurance that the service providers and practitioners they engage are appropriately qualified.” Mr Patrick said.  “Introducing a standard of care for major events is essential to protect the public interest.”

The full Paramedics Australasia media release is available here.

For background, see media articles in The Border Mail on 4th April: First aid, second rate? and The Age on 4th April: Emergency: the true state of Victoria’s first aid.