Paramedicine gets national tick of approval
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Council of Ambulance Authorities Chief Executive Greg Mundy presents the University's accreditation certificate to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Arshad Omari.
In a WA first, ECU’s Paramedical Science course has been given the tick of approval by the national body, which controls Paramedic Education Program Accreditation.
The three year Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) degree was granted full accreditation by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) joining just five other institutions in Australia.
The accreditation process, operated jointly by the CAA and Paramedics Australasia, ensures paramedicine students are receiving high quality training and education meeting the requirements of modern ambulance services in Australia and New Zealand.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox said the University welcomed the full accreditation by the CAA.
"It is further recognition of the high-quality paramedical program that we established at the University five years ago,” he said.
“We are now the only accredited paramedical science course in WA and the Northern Territory and one of just six in Australia.
“ECU’s paramedical qualifications are recognised throughout Australia and New Zealand and our graduates have found employment in this sector around the world.”
CAA Chief Executive Officer Greg Mundy said ambulance services played a vital part in Australia’s health system which depended on the high-level skills of paramedics.
“The development of these skills starts with qualifications such as these,” he said.
“Accreditation plays an important role in assuring the quality of paramedic programs being provided by the higher education sector and we are very proud of the relationships the CAA is building with universities such as Edith Cowan University.
“The education of the next generation of paramedics is vitally important to our members who are responsible for ambulance service delivery in each State and Territory in Australia and in New Zealand.”
To find out more about the course visit the Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) website.