Paramedic Training: Knowing Your Rights

Can Paramedic Training Cross State Boundaries?

Consider the state licencing requirements for holding a drivers licence in Australia. Since you can only possess one drivers licence at any given time and all licences are issued by state governments, the condition for issuing authority is based on what state the applicant is a resident of. This does not prevent any individual from driving in any state or territory that they chose, but rather simply indicates the authority that issued the licence.

Are Paramedic Training Limitations Unconstitutional?

It could therefore be argued that based on the ambiguity surrounding the paramedic training and licencing agreements from state-to-state, requiring a paramedic to hold licensing in both states is unreasonable. The Australian constitution even weighs in to this debate, addressing discrimination across state boundaries.

117. A subject of the Queen, resident in any State, shall not be subject in any other State to any disability or discrimination which would not be equally applicable to him if he were a subject of the Queen resident in such other State.
118. Full faith and credit shall be given, throughout the Commonwealth to the laws, the public Acts and records, and the judicial proceedings of every State.

Know Your Paramedic Training Rights

It is important to understand the autonomy of each state ambulance service in respect to their requirements for paramedic training and qualifications. It is only reasonable that they require all prospective paramedics to achieve a certain degree of paramedic training, along with a specified extent of paramedic experience.

Those with nationally recognised pre-hospital emergency health care training, which is offered through the Australian Paramedical College, have every right to apply for jobs across state boundaries, provided they meet the paramedic training and required qualifications. Bear in mind, since December 2018, new paramedics are required to have attained a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree.

Most ambulance services do provide provisions for qualified interstate paramedics with sufficient experience and degree-level paramedical training.

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