The Paramedicine Board of Australia is established under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (the National Law) to regulate paramedics in Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. From 1 December 2018, paramedics are registered with the Board and must meet the Board’s registration standards in order to practise in Australia.
Registration is recognised in all states and territories in Australia, and individual names of registered paramedics are included on a public register of practitioners, which is managed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The New Zealand government recently issued an Order to designate paramedic services as a health profession under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act. This will see the establishment of the Paramedic Council as the authority to regulate paramedic services.
We should see suitably qualified paramedics in New Zealand becoming registered paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act in 2021.