Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Paramedics are big winners in national accreditation

    11/04/2018 12:10 PM
    • Paramedics to be registered and accredited under the WA National Law
    • WA National Law currently regulates 14 health specialties
    • Australia-wide approach to regulation provides stronger safeguards for consumers 

    For the first time in Australia, paramedics will soon be required to be registered and accredited in every State and Territory. 


    A newly established Paramedicine Board of Australia, featuring representation from Western Australia, will develop minimum standards to ensure our paramedics receive the same high-quality training and continuous professional development, regardless of where they work and live. 


    The registration of paramedics forms part of a suite of measures contained within the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Amendment Act 2017 that amends the 'WA National Law'.  The Amendment Act has now completed its passage through our Parliament in line with other States and Territories.


    The National Law and WA National Law are a COAG Health Council initiative, a national scheme designed to ensure that Australia's health practitioners meet a national benchmark of training, safe practice and registration, providing assurance to consumers that our dedicated professionals can, and will continue to deliver, the highest standards of care in our communities.


    This streamlined regulatory framework ensures that only health practitioners, who are appropriately qualified to practise in a competent and ethical manner, can obtain registration, which will be renewed annually.


    The national scheme has been in place since 2010; it initially started with 10 health professions. This was expanded to 14 and includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, dental, medical, medical radiation practice, nursing and midwifery, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, and psychology.


    The addition of paramedics expands the number of professions covered by the scheme.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The WA National Law is designed to better protect consumers with strong mechanisms in place for redress, when things go wrong. Through these new laws, the McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to provide the highest standards of health care in our communities. 


    "This new law will enhance the professional standing of these critical health professions and ensure that Australia's health practitioners meet a national benchmark of training, safe practice and registration.


    "These new regulatory powers will ensure that people working in these critical health professions remain at the top of their game, now and throughout their career."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500