News Update - 16 December 2021
Tēnā koutou katoa ngā Manapou me ngā Kaimahi Waka Tūroro ki Aōtearoa,
I would like to acknowledge our incredible paramedic workforce and all those who work alongside them in our Waka Tūroro (Ambulances), Toparere Whakaora (Rescue Helicopters), Whare Haumanu (clinics) and the many other places we find our profession working. As another year draws to a close, and so many others begin their holidays, we are all aware this often means an increase to our workload. With this is mind, we want to thank you for the fantastic mahi you all do caring for our communities.
This year we have seen our first year as a registered health workforce, an incredibly important step for our profession. This has seen a large number of our now newly registered workforce progress into careers beyond traditional ambulance services. We would like to make note of this fantastic step as we see our profession being appreciated broadly as the versatile and highly skilled workforce we are. We believe there are many other opportunities for paramedics to become part of the solution to helping close the health inequity gaps in New Zealand.
As the complexities of Covid continue to loom in our midst, the relentless efforts of paramedics, EMTs and other affiliated EMS staff on the front lines who work to assess, transport, and treat these patients does not go unnoticed. Thank you for your continued hard work to help care for others despite all the added stressors of this pandemic.
Lastly, even with all the busyness of our work, we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy time with whānau and friends through the festive season. With the changes in restrictions, we hope this creates some opportunities for self-care and your own social wellbeing (taha whānau). We ask that you please take care of yourselves and each other as you take such wonderful care of others.
We look forward to working with you all in the new year as we continue to shape our profession.
Ngā mihi o te wā kia koutou,
Manukura I Chair
Te Kaunihera Manapou I Paramedic Council
Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council met on 26 November 2021 and have released the following statement regarding continuing professional development.
Statement on cultural training, human skills, and care for vulnerable people and communities in continuing professional development.
New Zealand registered paramedics are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year to maintain their annual practicing certificate (APC).
Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council of New Zealand is committed to improving the experiences and outcomes of vulnerable patients, communities and minority groups in Aotearoa.
It is expected that part of professional development is focused on cultural competencies and includes learning that is designed to improve patient experience.
This could include, but is not limited to:
• HQSC approved cultural safety courses
• Te Tiriti o Waitangi
• Te Whare Tapa Wha
• Le Va Pasifika care
• Gender affirming care
• Care and awareness of Rainbow / LGBTQIA+ people and their whānau
• Care for those with disabilities
• Suicide awareness and prevention
• Care for the homeless, refugee communities, and religious and cultural minorities.
We are delighted to announce that Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council has just published its inaugural annual report for the year ending 31 March 2021. We would like to extend our appreciation for your help in enabling paramedics to smoothly transition to a regulated profession. You can read and download the annual report here on our website.
Please note that the office of the Paramedic Council will be closed from 24 December 2021 to 05 January 2022. We also ask for your patience as there may be some delay in responding to your queries as we get underway in the New Year following the holiday period.