30 Aug 2019
The Paramedicine Board of Australia is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached on a national entry-level competence assessment for paramedics to be conducted by a consortium of universities across the country.
‘The competence assessment has been developed to assess paramedics applying for first registration via the grandparenting pathways in the National Law, where an applicant may have not been able to show a sufficient level of paramedicine practice to satisfy the Board that they are competent to qualify for registration’, Paramedicine Board Chair Associate Professor Stephen Gough ASM said.
‘Its use may also extend to other situations requiring an entry-level competence assessment, such as where an applicant has had a significant gap in practice and needs to show their competence,’ he said.
Edith Cowan University (ECU), Flinders University, La Trobe University and Western Sydney University have formed a consortium to provide the competence assessment.
All consortium members deliver entry-to-practice paramedicine programs at universities that are registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. Each consortium member has extensive experience in assessing an individual’s capability to practise paramedicine safely and competently.
Professor Moira Sim, Executive Dean of the School of Medical and Health Sciences at ECU, said ‘Registration of paramedics was an important milestone for the profession, giving assurances of safe and competent practice. ECU is pleased to be a part of this important consortium, providing assessment services to the Paramedicine Board and AHPRA.’
The Board would like to thank these universities for carrying out a significant body of work to develop and establish an assessment of entry level competence that meets the Board’s needs.
To review each university’s dates for assessment, visit the consortium website at www.paramedicassessments.com. This comprehensive website has a candidate guide, fee information and links to the booking site.
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