Ontario Paramedic Self-Regulation being considered by HPRAC

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Paramedics in Ontario applaud Minister of
Health, George Smitherman's request to the Health Professions Regulatory
Advisory Council (HPRAC) to consider the inclusion of Ontario's Paramedics
into the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
    "This is a bold step forward for Ontario's Paramedics and the profession
as a whole. The Association will be consulting with a broad group of
stakeholders in order to get all possible input into this critical step in our
development of our profession," said Mary Osinga, President of the Ontario
Paramedic Association (OPA). Other stakeholders in the profession such as the
Emergency Medical Services Chiefs and the Paramedic Association of Canada have
supported the inclusion of Paramedics Ontario in RHPA for quite some time.
    HPRAC also will now begin a very intensive process consulting with all
interested parties to determine if Paramedics and Emergency Medical Attendants
in Ontario should be self-regulated and if so, to what extent, as their
counterparts are in provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.
    "Self Regulation has been a goal of the OPA, since our inception in 1995.
We've done our work, presented our case, and it's now up to the Minister, and
HPRAC to determine if the need is there.." said Glen Gillies - Director of
Public & Media Relations for the OPA.
    Self-Regulation may involve the forming of a provincial College of
Paramedicine, similar to those in place for Ontario's nurses, Chiropractors,
Physician's and Surgeons, Respiratory & Massage Therapists.

    The Ontario Paramedic Association is a professional organization
representing paramedics from across the province. Our goals are to promote the
highest standard of care for our patients and to promote the profession of

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Paramedic Association: Mary Osinga,
President, (705) 927-6257, mosinga@ontarioparamedic.ca; Glen Gillies, Director
of Public & Media Relations, (905) 987-3534, ggillies@ontarioparamedic.ca,
website: www.ontarioparamedic.ca

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