Paramedic Professionalism, Practice and the Law short course

This exciting course explains the role of professionalism for paramedics registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. It is delivered by an expert health law and ethics team to prepare paramedics who will be registered under the Act.

Who can do this course?

This short course is aimed at those who provide prehospital emergency service, members of wider paramedic services, defence force medics and employers. It offers an introduction to those who have not undertaken health law studies and a refresher for those who have. Vital information will be delivered regarding the impact of the Act for paramedic practitioners.

Why is this course recommended for me?

The content is customised for paramedics and ambulance services, with case studies to embed the relevant knowledge about the Act. Every consumer has the right to have paramedic services provided that comply with legal, professional, and ethical standards. The course increases knowledge about these standards through dynamic case reviews and small group discussion.

How long is the course?

The course will be 2 hours and offered at multiple locations. The agenda, PowerPoint slides and references will be distributed. There are no assessments or tests, but attendance is required. Certificates of attendance are evidence of continuing education for paramedics’ professional portfolios.

Short course overview

Topics include:

  • Purpose of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 Act and the impacts for paramedics
  • How the Act promotes professionalism
  • Understanding misconduct
  • Disciplinary pathways
  • Lessons from Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal decisions

Sessions include:

  • Case summaries
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Resource references
  • Lecture
  • Case study discussions
  • Question and answer opportunities

Dates and locations


  • Wednesday 28 July 7.30-9.30pm
  • Monday 2 August 7.30-9.30pm

AUT North Campus
AJ 105
90 Akoranga Drive


  • Tuesday 10 August 7-9pm
  • Wednesday 11 August 2-4pm

Christchurch Community House
301 Tuam Street
Christchurch City Centre

Enrolment information

The course costs $75. To enrol, contact us by phone or email:

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext. 7541
Email: SIHS Administration (the subject line must include: “Paramedic Professionalism, Practice and the Law”, and your name)

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More information

For more information about this short course, contact a staff member in the School of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Studies:

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