Following unprecedented industrial action by ADHSU members, Premier Dominic Perrottet agreed with the ADHSU proposal to form a paramedicine taskforce where our delegates could present the true value of paramedics in NSW both now and into the future. The taskforce consisted of HSU paramedic delegates, senior clinical representatives from NSW Ambulance, representatives from the Australasian College of Paramedicine, and officials from the Ministry of Health.
After a busy four months of constructive meetings the taskforce has reached a conclusion that will potentially enable the paramedic profession to be truly recognised and valued in NSW.
The taskforce assessed how past improved practices are aligned to current and future paramedic work and improved health outcomes for the community. The expertise, judgement, autonomy, and accountability of paramedics and the benefits to the community were discussed. The group identified potential models of care that lift the clinical ceiling and promote equity of care across NSW. It also appraised the structuring of the future of paramedicine as a profession.
The evolution of prehospital practice was presented by HSU delegates and recognised by all in the taskforce. The education, responsibility, accountability, and registration requirements of today’s paramedics were presented, and the concept of paramedics as true professionals was accepted by all.
The HSU has written to Mr. Perrottet seeking a meeting with paramedic delegates to present our report on the outcomes of the taskforce. We anticipate that meeting with the Premier very soon.