20 Sep 2018
National regulation of paramedicine will start in late 2018.
If you’re an Australian paramedic and want to continue to work as a paramedic in Australia, you must be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia (the National Board) or have applied for registration before regulation starts.
Board Chair Associate Professor Stephen Gough ASM said, ‘We encourage all Australian paramedics to begin the online registration process soon so that they’re ready when regulation starts later this year.'
When paramedicine becomes a regulated profession under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme) the title ‘paramedic’ will become a protected title. This means that only people who are registered with the National Board will be able to lawfully call themselves a paramedic.
‘Once regulation starts, if you’re not registered, and you continue to work as a paramedic or call yourself a paramedic, you could face penalties.’
National registration is a big change for the profession. If you’re a paramedic, it means that you’ll be able to practise across all states and territories without having to meet different standards or needing to register in every jurisdiction that you work in.
For the public it means that when a person calls themselves a paramedic you can be assured that they are suitably trained and qualified to practise the profession and have met the national standards for registration.
To apply for registration, visit the Board's website where you can also find out more about the registration standards you must meet and what you need to demonstrate your eligibility for registration.
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