Inquiry into the establishment of a national registration system: a response to New South Wales

Dominique Lee Moritz

Abstract


Introduction

The potential national registration of paramedics is a significant issue. Despite widespread support of paramedics joining other registered health practitioners under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, New South Wales continues to oppose.

Methods

This paper considers the New South Wales submission to the Senate Committee’s inquiry into the establishment of a national registration system for Australian paramedics. It evaluates the reasons for New South Wales Health’s opposition to national registration.

Results

New South Wales Health’s reasons for opposing national paramedic registration includes the cost to implement a registration scheme, the desire to maintain vocational entry to employment and the purported efficiency of their current regulatory system.

Conclusion

NSW Health’s position fails to address the challenges of employer-based regulation and the significant public protection benefit of national statutory regulation.


Keywords


Registration; regulation; accreditation; New South Wales; public policy

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