Fact sheet: Using the title 'paramedic' after 1 December 2018

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What happens on 1 December 2018?

From 1 December 2018 paramedicine becomes a nationally regulated profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law) and the titles ‘paramedic’ and ‘paramedicine’ will become protected by law. This means that from 1 December 2018, only people who are registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) or who have applied for registration before 1 December 2018 will be able to lawfully call themselves a paramedic.

Why is it important that the title 'paramedic' becomes protected by law?

Title protection is an important way that the National Law protects the public. When a person calls themselves a paramedic, the public can be assured that the person is suitably trained and qualified and is registered with the Board.

From 1 December 2018, a person must be a registered with the National Board if they:

  • Take or use the title ‘paramedic’ in a way that could be reasonably expected to induce a belief that the person is registered under the National Law, (s 113(1)(a)) and/or
  • take or use a title, name, initial, symbol, word or description that, having regard to the circumstances in which it is taken or used, indicates or could be reasonably understood to indicate, that the person is a paramedic or is authorised or qualified to practise in the paramedicine profession, (s 116(1)(b)) and/or
  • claim to be registered under the National Law or hold themselves out registered under the National Law, (s 116(1)(c)) and/or
  • claim to be qualified to practise as a paramedic (s 116(1)(d)).

If I made my application before 1 December 2018 can I continue to call myself a paramedic?

If you have made your application for registration as a paramedic before 1 December 2018 you can continue to use the title ‘paramedic’ or otherwise hold yourself out to be a paramedic until your application is decided. Of course, if you are granted registration as a paramedic you can continue to use the title lawfully as long as you maintain your registration. If your application is refused you must cease using the title paramedic or otherwise ‘holding yourself out’ to be a paramedic or as qualified to practice paramedicine.

If I made my application after 1 December 2018 can I continue to call myself a paramedic?

Generally, if you have not applied for registration before 1 December 2018 you are unable to use the title paramedic or otherwise hold yourself out as a paramedic until you have been granted registration by the National Board.

But there may be a limited period of exemption available for some people in specific circumstances. If you are eligible for registration (i.e. you hold a suitable qualification or can demonstrate a period of practice that meets the requirements for registration and meet the suitability requirements for registration) you may be eligible for this exemption but it will depend on your specific circumstances. If you meet the exemption requirements, you still should make an application for registration as soon as possible and you may continue to use the title and/or otherwise hold yourself out as a paramedic until 28 February 2019. After 28 February 2019 you must cease using the title paramedic and or holding yourself out as a paramedic until you are granted registration by the National Board.

If I made my application after 28 February 2019 can I continue to call myself a paramedic?

No, you cannot use the title paramedic or hold yourself out as a paramedic until you have been granted registration by the National Board.
 
 
Page reviewed 14/01/2019