Ambulance Service Act

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Ambulance Service Act

Ambulance Service Act 1982 – Amendments effective 1 July 2014

On 1 July 2014 amendments made to the Ambulance Service Act 1982 took effect.  The changes ensure Tasmania is up-to-date with contemporary standards with a focus on protecting patients and paramedics.

Ambulance and emergency management practice has advanced considerably over the past thirty years and the previous legislation did not provide a contemporary framework. The Ambulance Service Act 1982 (the Act) introduces specific offences for assaulting, resisting, impeding or failing to comply with the direction of an ambulance officer.

Ambulance Service ActThe new laws provide improved safety for patients, community and of course our valued staff working in Ambulance Tasmania. On a day to day basis our frontline staff deal with challenging circumstances every day and the new laws will enable them to go about their work without fear or obstruction.

It is now an offence for a person to call themselves a paramedic who does not have the appropriate qualification and permission of the Commissioner of Ambulance Services to do so.  It will also be an offence to mark a vehicle with the word Paramedic if it is not being staffed by an approved, legally qualified paramedic.

New standards are also now introduced for commercial non-emergency patient transport providers. Where there are operators engaged in non-emergency patient transport the new laws ensure they are doing so within a strong, transparent and safe legislative framework. All providers must meet certain standards, including skill and competency levels.

There was a period of public consultation as the Act was developed, and there will be further public consultation as the Regulations that underpin the Act are developed.