The Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) is responsible for the regulation of paramedics.
One of the priority actions for a National Board is to appoint an accreditation authority to accredit education providers and programs of study for the paramedicine profession.
With the national regulation of paramedics expected to start in late 2018, the Board and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) are carrying out an intensive program of work to put in place the necessary infrastructure for the regulation of the paramedicine profession. Paramedics are not currently required to be registered in any state or territory so national regulation ill represent a significant change for the profession.
Applications have now closed for potential accreditation entities to submit expressions of interest in undertaking the accreditation functions for paramedicine as set out in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law)1
The appointed accreditation entity will:
The Board considers recommendations made by the accreditation authority and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as a paramedic.
Accreditation standards help to ensure that education providers give students the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.
For more information on the accreditation function see Accreditation under the National Law Act.
1As enacted in each state and territory.