News and updates

The Accreditation Committee will regularly publish communiqués and updates which summarise important issues discussed at Committee meetings and current work of the Committee.

Paramedic accreditation standards released

The Paramedicine Accreditation Committee has released the first standards for accreditation of paramedicine education programs under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (National Law). 

The new accreditation standards come into effect on 1 June 2021 and outline the requirements that education providers must meet to ensure they are equipping graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to safely and competently practice as paramedics in Australia.

The Accreditation standards are available on the Accreditation Committee’s Accreditation page.

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Update on Committee’s response to COVID-19 – released 11 May 2020

The Paramedicine Accreditation Committee (Committee), together with the Accreditation Councils and Committees for all professions regulated within the National Scheme, has adopted the collective position of the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum with respect to accredited programs and the impact of COVID-19. 

Ahpra and the National Boards, together with the Australian Government and the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum, have set national principles for clinical education to guide decisions of professions, Accreditation Authorities, education providers and health services about student clinical education during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

As foreshadowed in its update released on 20 March 2020, the Committee now provides an update on site visit schedules and other accreditation activities.

The Committee has decided to:

  • defer due dates for the next routine annual monitoring responses to a date to be determined
  • require each education provider to submit information about changes to the program in response to COVID-19 later in 2020, and
  • postpone any accreditation assessments that have not yet commenced from 2020 to 2021 unless an accreditation decision is required in 2020.

Ahpra’s Program Accreditation Team will provide written advice to each education provider about proposed changes to their accreditation and monitoring activities.

The Committee and the Program Accreditation Team look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with all education providers during this challenging time, and for the remainder of 2020.

Initial statement on COVID-19 – released 20 March 2020

The Paramedicine Accreditation Committee (Committee), together with the Accreditation Councils and Committees for all professions regulated within the National Scheme, has adopted the collective position of the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum with respect to accredited programs and the impact of COVID-19.

Ongoing ability to meet the accreditation standards

The Committee’s focus at this time is on ensuring that approved programs continue to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practise as a registered paramedic.  

The Committee and Ahpra recognise the need for short-term creativity and flexibility in the way accredited programs meet the accreditation standards, including delivery methods and learning and teaching approaches. The Committee’s outcomes-based accreditation standards enable this because they provide a level of flexibility for education providers to demonstrate their ongoing ability to meet the standards, and to address the professional capabilities in a range of ways.   

The Committee and Ahpra understand that education providers may need to make short-term changes to elements of the delivery of accredited programs as a result of COVID-19. Education providers have been advised that it is not necessary for them to advise the Committee of temporary changes to their approved programs if the changes will cease when the crisis period relating to COVID-19 subsides, unless the changes may impact on the ability of the programs to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practise as a registered paramedic. 

Education providers are required to advise the Committee and Ahpra of:

  • changes that may impact on the ability of an approved program to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practise as registered health practitioners, even if this potential impact is only on its 2020 graduates, and/or
  • changes that are likely to impact on the ongoing ability of an approved program to meet the accreditation standards after the COVID-19 situation abates.

Accreditation activities for the remainder of 2020

At this stage the Committee has postponed any accreditation site visits scheduled before 30 June 2020. The Committee and Ahpra will monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide an update on site visit schedules in mid-May 2020. 

The COVID-19 situation is escalating rapidly, but at this stage all other accreditation activities will proceed as scheduled including routine annual monitoring. 

The Committee and Ahpra will continue to work with education providers and provide updates if the Committee’s approach needs to change.

2020 communiqués and updates
Document name PDF Accessible format
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee communiqué - October 2020 meeting
PDF
(232KB)
Word version
(130 KB,DOCX)
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee communiqué - July 2020 meeting  PDF
(164KB)
Word version
(306 KB, DOCX)
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee communiqué - April 2020 meeting PDF
(122KB)

Word version
(29.8 KB DOCX)

Paramedicine Accreditation Committee communiqué – February 2020 meeting PDF
(744KB)
Word version
(2,323 KB DOCX)
2019 communiqués and updates
Document name PDF Accessible format
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee communiqué - September and December 2019 meetings PDF
(95.6KB) 
Word version 
(907KB,DOCX) 
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee communiqué - April (inaugural) and June 2019 meetings

PDF           
(87 KB)

Word version 
(906 KB,DOCX)
 
 
Page reviewed 20/10/2020