The South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling has introduced legislation into Parliament to amend the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) 2010. In the words of the Minister the intent is to:
“… protect the public by ensuring that any person employed as a paramedic in South Australia holds appropriate qualifications and training.”
One of the principal features of the Amendment Bill is the use of the title “paramedic”.
Paramedics Australasia is pleased to see the acknowledgement of the professional role of today’s paramedics and the risks involved in health care performed by paramedics. It agrees that the protection of title is a vital step in protecting the public from the possibility of being treated by untrained or under-trained persons.
Paramedics Australasia has prepared an update for PA members (available below) to ensure everyone is aware of this important activity. Whilst PA recognises the SA move as an overall positive transitionary measure, PA also believes that the long term need is for a national scheme to regulate the paramedic workforce – given that paramedics work in many settings across the nation, offshore and in the public, private and defence sectors.