News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


New Zealand’s Paramedics Call for Registration

New Zealand’s Paramedics Call for Registration

Paramedics have again been voted as one of the most trusted professions for 2014 in the Reader’s Digest Annual Poll of most trusted brands. Along with Rescue Volunteers they came second behind Firefighters as the most trusted.

The peak professional body Paramedics Australasia (New Zealand) (PANZ) paid tribute to the dedication and life-saving clinical skills that had enabled paramedics to hold the respect of the New Zealand public. PANZ Chairperson Mrs Sharon Duthie said that paramedics were humbled by the trust shown in the profession.

“While paramedics are best known for their work with emergency Ambulance Services, across New Zealand, the professional practitioners and volunteers work in a variety of healthcare settings to care for those who are most vulnerable and in need”.

Mrs Duthie said that the great trust placed in paramedics carried heavy obligations and also contained a measure of risk.

“While we are honoured that the public shows such a high level of trust for our profession, the reality is that the title of ‘Paramedic’ is not protected, and virtually anyone can call themselves a paramedic.” Mrs Duthie said.

“New Zealander rely on paramedics to respond to emergency and general health incidents that occur away from established healthcare and hospital emergency facilities, and a robust national registration system is needed to ensure the competency of anyone who carries the title of paramedic”, she said.

“Given the level of trust placed in paramedics and the risks associated with their advanced clinical interventions, we are concerned that there is no national registration of the profession that would help to protect the public from people who might pass themselves off as paramedics”.

Registration of paramedics would limit the potential for fraud and patient harm by ensuring that only persons who are fit to practice and meet appropriate competency standards can call themselves paramedics. A Parliamentary Committee had recommended registration some time ago but to date that had not eventuated.

“Paramedics are already registered in a number of other jurisdictions, including UK, Ireland and South Africa. Registration is also being proposed by the profession and other healthcare stakeholders in Australia, with a decision imminent”, she said.

“In the public interest we call on the Minister to support the implementation of registration without delay and thereby foster the unique role and contributions that paramedics can make in the healthcare system.” Mrs Duthie said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news