Senate debates

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Community Affairs References Committee; Reference

12:11 pm

Photo of Glenn LazarusGlenn Lazarus (Queensland, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2016:

     The establishment of a national registration system for Australian paramedics to improve and ensure patient and community safety, with particular reference to:

(a) the role and contribution made by those in the paramedic profession, including the circumstances in which they are required to operate;

(b) the comparative frameworks that exist to regulate the following professions, including training and qualification requirements and continuing professional development:

(i) paramedics,

(ii) doctors, and

(iii) registered nurses;

(c) the comparative duties of paramedics, doctors and registered nurses;

(d) whether a system of accreditation should exist nationally and, if so, whether the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency is an appropriate body to do so;

(e) the viability and appropriateness of a national register to enable national registration for the paramedic profession to support and enable the seamless and unrestricted movement of paramedic officers across the country for employment purposes; and

(f) any other related matters.

Question agreed to.