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									               Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care (JEPHC), Vol.2, Issue 3-4, 2004

 ISSN 1447-4999

                                           ACAP UPDATE

                                  A Message from the President

                              Allen Marr (National President ACAP)
                                          Article No.990102

It is appropriate to address the tragic event that has evolved in South East Asia since Boxing
Day 2004. We have all witnessed the outcomes of the devastating tsunami on television, with
the resulting high loss of life and property infrastructure in India, Indonesia, Maldives,
Somalia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Quite obviously, this was one of the largest natural
disasters in living memory.

A large-scale international response was immediately activated, with Australia appropriately
assisting in the deployment of health care teams and other services to help sustain those
communities who were affected by the catastrophe. Some of our members and colleagues
have been personally involved in these support roles and I am aware of the deployment of
some of our members to the actual region. We commend anyone working towards
supporting the people of this ravaged area and pray for their continued safety and good

As a way of ACAP providing some tangible support, the Board of Directors decided that the
College should make a donation as a national body to an officially recognized international
aid agency. As a basis for the donation, a sum of $5000 has been provided from the College’s
national funds, with contributions also being sought from each State Branch. A number of
Branches have already indicated their support for this scheme and members have also been
invited on the ACAP website, to donate personally through the College if they have not
already done so through another medium or organization. The South Australia Branch
initiated its support by making credit card payment facilities available to members in SA.
Following the closing date for donations it is hoped we will have been able to double the
initial figure of $5000, and make a substantial donation to an appropriate world health aid
organisation to assist in the rehabilitation of our neighbours in South East Asia on behalf of
College members.

An exciting and possibly defining concept for the College is the holding of Member Focus
Group Workshops in each Branch during the first quarter of 2005. This initiative will inform
the National Board on how to best develop a realistic position on the potential capacity of the
College to meet the professional practice expectations held by members within the various
professional disciplines contributing to ambulance practice in Australia. In particular, the
College is seeking input from Ambulance Paramedics and their support personnel,
Ambulance Service employers, and Universities and TAFE institutions offering ambulance
practice education.

Author: Marr, A.
               Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care (JEPHC), Vol.2, Issue 3-4, 2004

By the time ACAP National Conference is held in Canberra later this year, the College will
have redefined the place and role of the “Australian Ambulance Paramedic” as a professional,
which will be demonstrated by:

    •   A searched and resourced project plan to develop shared responsibility between
        Universities and Paramedics for continuous and continuing education;
    •   An agreed membership structure enabling Paramedics to willingly and voluntarily
        participate in clinical placement and clinical practice standards and processes applied
        in Universities;
    •   ACAP approved ambulance practice standards and requirements to guide tertiary
        ambulance education programs, and to inform judgements about fitness for practice;
    •   A researched and resourced project plan to develop an ACAP Referral Resource
        Centre to guide and assist Paramedics, Universities and Ambulance Paramedic

Most Branches have finalized arrangements and have sent out information advising the date
and time of workshops in each State. These workshops will be facilitated by College Director
Noel Gillard and information is available on the College website. This is a real opportunity
for all members to provide input into the future direction of the profession’s ongoing
education, professional development, practice standards and ethics and annual practice
certification strategies. I therefore urge all ACAP members who wish to attend these forums
to contact your Branch Chair, and for individual members who wish to contribute directly to
the future educational and professional standing of ambulance practitioners throughout
Australia, to contact Noel Gillard directly through the College webpage.

Speaking of positive direction, I want to commend the work being done on the College
website by Ryan Lovett and the representatives from all other States. The site has a whole
new look and is loaded with interactive links and up to date news. If you haven’t visited the
website for a while, may I suggest that you do so soon at as there is a great
deal of information available.

In just a few weeks, the College will be launching a national survey to ascertain the
requirements of its members and prospective members. This will be an interactive electronic
survey and contact with all Paramedics to alert them of the survey is being assisted with the
kind cooperation of the State Ambulance Services e-mail system. The College hopes for
some positive indications of what it needs to do to entice new members, as well as to provide
for the needs of our existing membership. For a worthwhile outcome however, we do need as
many paramedics, ambulance officers and support personnel as possible, to participate in this

We are still urgently seeking articles for JEPHC on “Professionalism”. Provided that articles
are kept to 1200 words, there is no “peer review” which means the sky is the limit. We have
been calling for articles on this subject for some time, and given that there is some very good
sponsorship forthcoming from the State Branches for budding authors, the response has been
disappointing. Now is your chance to have a say on this much used terminology in the
ambulance profession, so I trust that some of you will sit down and put pen to paper and
submit an article to the eJournal.

Author: Marr, A.
               Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care (JEPHC), Vol.2, Issue 3-4, 2004

Finally, let me again remind you of the National Conference to be held in Canberra on the
21st and 22nd October 2005. The planning committee is working hard and arrangements are
progressing to ensure we again have another great educational forum for our members and
guests. If you accept the invitation to access the College website, you will note that the
committee is calling for papers at this time. With the conference title of “Something for
Everyone” there is an ideal opportunity to share your knowledge with professional colleagues
in the ACT.

Author: Marr, A.

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