How would the qualifications in the sector be set?

Under the HPCA Act, a Responsible Authority must publish the qualification or qualifications for every scope of practice.

Currently ambulance service providers and the New Zealand Defence Force are reviewing the clinical education programmes available to the sector to make sure there are qualifications that are acceptable across the whole sector. This would make the Responsible Authority’s task of defining a qualification easier.

The Responsible Authority would also ‘accredit’ and ‘monitor’ the provider of the qualifications to make sure the qualification meets all of the requirements.

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Would a current ambulance officer or NZDF medic’s qualifications be appropriate?

It is likely that those currently practicing at certain levels and who meet the competency criteria, would be able to be registered under their current qualifications and would not need to complete new qualifications.

You would have to show you have the qualification, experience and competence to work within the scope of practice that applies to you. If the Responsible Authority was not sure about your qualifications they may ask you to complete an examination (for people coming from overseas, for example) or you might be asked to work under supervision for a period of time.

It would be up to the Responsible Authority to decide how it would do this.

How this is handled does depend on the Responsible Authority.

For example, psychotherapists have accepted a professional development vocational pathway to registration which operates alongside a tertiary qualification pathway to registration. They have also developed another pathway for those who qualified some years ago and may not meet current tertiary degree qualification requirements.

On the other hand, the Medical Council, for requires as the first step the person to have a medical degree from a institution accepted on the World Health ( or similar organisations) list of Medical Schools.

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