Representing Paramedics at Primary Care Reviews

2nd October 2021

The Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners has been working very hard to represent Paramedics working in Primary Healthcare throughout Australia.

1. Inquiry into the delivery of ambulance services in Western Australia - the College has submitted a submission to the Inquiry and Vice President Greg Reburn presented in person (via zoom) to the Inquiry.  The College argued an increased use of Paramedics in Primary Healthcare to decrease demand on ambulance services.  View Greg's presentation at;

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2. Rural Health Services Inquiry - Parliament of Tasmania - the College has submitted a submission to the Tasmanian Inquiry arguing for the introduction of Paramedic Practitioners into Primary Healthcare Services.  The College has been invited to prevent evidence to the Committee on the 10 October 2021.

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3. Primary Health Reform Steering Group Established - The Commonwealth Government  has appointed a team of experts to provide independent advice on the development of the Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan. The interim report made no mention of Paramedics practicing in Primary Healthcare.  The College make a submission to the Chairs of the Committee and asked our members to write to the Group.  The Group has acknowledged their admission of Paramedics in primary healthcare and will review the role of paramedics in primary healthcare.

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4. Provision of general practitioner and related primary health services to outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australians - The Senate referred an inquiry into the provision of general practitioner and related primary health services to outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australians to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2022.  The College has put in a submission arguing for the inclusion of Community Paramedics, Primary Care Paramedics and Prescribing Paramedics into general practice to assist General Practitioners and increase community access.  Submissions are now closed, and we are waiting for an invitation from the committee to argue our case.

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5. Speech by the Honourable Mr Michael Gaffney (Tasmanian Upper House) - The Hon Mr Gaffney gave a speech arguing for the use of Paramedic Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners in remote areas of Tasmania where GPs are not available.  When a link becomes available we will post.

We would to thank all members who put a great deal of effort into these projects.  Change is happening.

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