05 Jun 2018
Applications for expressions of interest have now closed.
The Paramedicine Board of Australia (the National Board) is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from potential accreditation entities to carry out the accreditation functions for paramedicine.
With the national regulation of paramedics expected to start in late 2018, the National Board and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (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.
Accreditation functions as set out in the National Law1 will include:
These functions can be exercised by either an external accreditation entity or a committee established by the National Board. Under the National Law, all accreditation entities, whether external authorities or committees, are independent of the National Board in accreditation decision-making.
Currently, an estimated 20 programs being offered at universities across Australia are potentially suitable for accreditation. This is the expected initial scope of program accreditation work for the accreditation authority.
Expressions of interest
Expressions of interest should:
Following shortlisting, one or more entities may be interviewed to provide clarification or further information. Shortlisted entities may also be invited, as part of the evaluation process, to submit a revised expression of interest in all or certain aspects of their initial expression of interest.
All submissions will be advised of the final outcome of the evaluation process.
Appointment as an accreditation authority may be for up to five years. Before the end of the assigned period, the National Board will review these arrangements, which will include another expression of interest process and public consultation on any decision about the ongoing assignment of functions.
Candidate information pack
For more information on the accreditation function see Accreditation under the National Law Act.
1 Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as enacted in each state and territory (the National Law).