Code of Conduct
Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council (the Council) is responsible for setting standards for paramedics regarding the behaviour or conduct they are expected to uphold. The Code of Conduct provides guidance on appropriate behaviour and can be used by health consumers, paramedics, employers, the Council and other bodies to evaluate the behaviour of all paramedics.
This document does not advise on or define specific ethical values for the profession which are provided by professional organisations. However, the Code of Conduct is an important document outlining best practice as a paramedic, and therefore paramedics are advised to familiarise themselves with its guidance.
The Code of Conduct is built around eight principles which are themselves based upon the values of respect, trust, partnership, and integrity:
Principle 1 Respect the dignity, individuality and rangatiratanga (self-determination) of health consumers
Principle 2 Identify and respect the cultural needs and values of health consumers
Principle 3 Work in partnership with health consumers to promote health equity and protect their well-being
Principle 4 Maintain health consumer trust by providing safe and competent care
Principle 5 Respect health consumers’ privacy and confidentiality
Principle 6 Work respectfully with colleagues to best meet health consumers’ needs
Principle 7 Act with integrity and authenticity to achieve health consumers’ trust
Principle 8 Maintain public trust and confidence in the paramedic profession
The principles and values outlined in the Code of Conduct are designed to help guide paramedics in the standards of conduct expected in their profession. Additionally, as paramedics need the trust of the public, this document also outlines the standard of behaviour expected in their personal lives.
Read and download the Code of Conduct booklet here.