30 Nov 2018
In preparation for the start of the regulation of paramedicine under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme on 1 December 2018, the Paramedicine Board of Australia (National Board) has been working to develop the necessary infrastructure to support the effective regulation of the profession.
An important element of this work has been the National Board’s consideration and decision under section 43 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law) about whether the accreditation function for the paramedicine profession is to be exercised by either an external accreditation entity or a committee established by the National Board.
Earlier in 2018, the National Board agreed to seek expressions of interest (EOI) from external entities to undertake the accreditation functions for the paramedicine profession and to consider responses to the EOI when making its decision.
After considering a range of factors, including the National Board’s options under the National Law, COAG Health Council’s decisions on next steps regarding the recently released Accreditation Systems Review (ASR) final report, the timeframes and risks for performance of the accreditation functions in the first three years after commencement date and the responses to the call for EOI, the Board has decided the accreditation functions for the paramedicine profession will be exercised by a committee established by the Board for the next three years.