Newsletter - May 2021

Chairperson's Update

Tēnā tātou whānau o Ngā Waka Tūroro ki Aotearoa.

Hei tuatahi, Nga Mihi Kia Koutou ki tō awhi me tō manaaki i tērā tau. Thank you all for your support over the last year during the development of the registration framework.

It has been an absolute privilege to help usher in this era of our profession, and an honour to have been elected Chair by the Kaunihera whānau. I will continue to do all I can to ensure we continue to improve our important sector in New Zealand.

We have all endured a period of great change and stress within the sector. I’d like to acknowledge these challenges and send my heartfelt good wishes to you all and your whānau. COVID, issues around resourcing and funding, and the rigours of the crucial role you all play in the health and welfare of our communities take their toll. Thank you all for your commitment to be there for others in their time of need, even in times of personal stress.

As a Council we have developed a scope of practice, prescribed qualifications, a cultural statement, and clinical competencies. We have invested a lot of time and energy into making sure the steps we take toward diversity and inclusion are meaningful, lasting, and ongoing. While this may have caused some initial delays in opening paramedic registration, we strongly believed in ensuring that we embed and uphold the Mauri and Mana of all within our workforce and communities from the beginning.

Our Professional Conduct Committee and Registrant Quality Committee have been appointed. Thank you to the appointment group within Council who read all your CVs and interviewed so many applicants. The calibre of applicants was incredible which speaks to the quality of our workforce.

We are continuing to work on developing reference material and ongoing CPD recommendations to help ensure our workforce are skilled and trained to respect, reflect and interact with all parts of our communities, including our rainbow, Pasifika, refugee and disabled communities. We are continuing to investigate more training courses on Māori health and interaction. If you have suggestions, please reach out to me.

We are open and welcome your input on how we can best achieve the goals of the Council together. He waka eke noa, we all share this waka as Registered Paramedics, all equally responsible, equally accountable for our practice and the practice around us.
I look forward to sharing more of our mahi with you in the coming newsletters.

Ngā Mihi Kia Koutou,

Carlton Irving
Chairperson
Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council

Latest Updates

Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council is pleased to report registration has been proceeding successfully. Over 1,000 paramedics have already registered and more than 600 registrants have also been issued Annual Practising Certificates (APCs). However, if you have not yet registered, or applied for an APC, it is essential that you get this process underway.

Annual Practising Certificates

APCs are open for all registered paramedics. The application for an APC needs to be completed online through the MyPMC portal, and it is your responsibility as a paramedic to ensure that this is done.  If you have not yet completed registration, you will be prompted to apply for an APC once your registration is confirmed.
An APC confirms your fitness and competence to practise as a paramedic and is a mandatory requirement in New Zealand. Your APC will need to be renewed every year before the current one expires (renewal date is 1 April each year).
Once you obtain your APC, you will be able to confirm your practising status by going to our website and clicking on the Public Register. For more information regarding the Council’s definition of ‘practising’, click here.

Registration and Practising Certificate Deadline

The Council has set a deadline of August 1, 2021 for all practising paramedics to be registered and hold an APC. Individuals who are not currently practising as paramedics, but intend on practising in the future, will have until May 21, 2022 to get registered and obtain. Continual Professional Development

Continual Professional Development

A CPD framework has been developed by the Council which is now published on our website. Paramedics will be required to complete 30 hours of professional development every APC renewal year and this will need to be logged in a template. Please find more details and an example template on our website here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Statement

Vaccination is a crucial part of the New Zealand public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health practitioners can help to protect themselves, their patients, and the wider community by getting their COVID-19 vaccination.
Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council has an expectation that all paramedic practitioners will take up the opportunity to be vaccinated—unless medically contraindicated.

You have an ethical and professional obligation to protect and promote the health of patients and the public, and to participate in broader based community health efforts. Vaccination will play a critical role in protecting the health of the New Zealand public by reducing the community risk of acquiring and further transmitting COVID-19.

Patients are entitled to information that a reasonable consumer, in that consumer’s circumstances, would expect to receive (Right 6, Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights).

As a health practitioner, you have a role in providing evidence-based advice and information about the COVID-19 vaccination to others. You should be prepared to discuss evidence-based information about vaccination and its benefits to assist informed decision making. There is information on the Ministry of Health (MoH) website to support engagement with staff or colleagues who may be hesitant about getting a vaccine.

As regulators we respect an individual’s right to have their own opinions, but it is our view that there is no place for anti-vaccination messages in professional health practice, nor any promotion of anti-vaccination claims including on social media and advertising by health practitioners.

More information:
•    The latest government information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme can be found on the MoH website.   
•    The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has guidance for employers and workers about the employment law implications for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned above, please get in touch with us at info@paramediccouncil.org.nz.