Education

The Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) is responsible for the regulation of paramedics.

One of the priority actions for a National Board is to appoint an accreditation authority to accredit education providers and programs of study for the paramedicine profession. 

The Board and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) are carrying out an intensive program of work to put in place the necessary infrastructure for the regulation of the paramedicine profession. Paramedics are not currently required to be registered in any state or territory so national regulation will represent a significant change for the profession.

Applications have now closed for potential accreditation entities to submit expressions of interest in undertaking the accreditation functions for paramedicine as set out in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law)1

The appointed accreditation entity will:

  • demonstrate how they intend to address or meet the elements in each of the domains of the Quality framework for the accreditation function
  • develop accreditation standards and recommend them to the Board for approval 
  • accredit and monitor education providers and programs of study to ensure that graduates are provided with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to safely practise the profession in Australia 
  • provide advice to the Board about issues relating to their accreditation functions, and 
  • assess overseas qualified practitioners.

The Board considers recommendations made by the accreditation authority and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as a paramedic.

Accreditation standards help to ensure that education providers give students the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.

For more information on the accreditation function see Accreditation under the National Law Act.


1As enacted in each state and territory.

 
 
Page reviewed 12/10/2018