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Regulating Paramedics: Understanding Your Professional Obligations

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The inclusion of paramedics into the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for Health Practitioners acknowledges the growth and development of what was once a volunteer service that has since gained status as an occupation and is now recognised as a profession.

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The inclusion of paramedics into the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for Health Practitioners acknowledges the growth and development of what was once a volunteer service that has since gained status as an occupation and is now recognised as a profession. Prehospital care in Australia began with ambulance services that were developed to provide a safe, fast and efficient method of patient transport to hospital, rather than for the provision of medical care. However, over time, and partly in response to an acute need for high-level prehospital care, the role of the stretcher-bearer developed into that of the ambulance driver and then the ambulance officer as these workers began to undertake on-the-road and vocational training.

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Linda Starr
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Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
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19 Nov 2020
An interesting overview of the evolution of paramedicine.
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30 Apr 2021
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26 Nov 2020
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Barbara Lewis
20 Nov 2020
Interesting article explaing the registration requirements for paramedics
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