What professional standards for an Australian registered nurse, working for an Australian agency, outside Australia?

Today’s correspondent is … a Paramedic and RN currently employed by a small business, contracted in Afghanistan. I’ve been advised that “[the company] is subject to the laws of all countries associated with the contract but ultimately it is our decision how we adapt to our environment”. This came about as Australian and New Zealand […]

Resuscitation of a premature newborn

This question comes from an ALS paramedic with Ambulance Victoria … regarding the legalities surrounding the resuscitation of a premature baby around the 20-24 week mark please. I was hoping to gather some information pertaining to our legal relationship with the resuscitation of the baby when the mother is refusing the baby being resuscitated? Are […]

National Road Rules on giving way to emergency vehicles

This question comes from a volunteer who has asked that I don’t identify the jurisdiction or service. My correspondent has: …  been asked to participate on a working group to look at policy around Urgent Duty Driving by our volunteers.  My question to you is around the Australian Road Rules in relation to emergency vehicles […]

Parking to assist at an emergency

A correspondent sent me a link to an article in the Geelong Advertiser and reproduced in the Herald Sun online: ‘Parking fine anger: Snapped for two-minute’ (Alex Sinnott, March 15, 2017)  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/parking-fine-anger-snapped-for-twominute-stop/news-story/44da7158d3c50b66f8577b8c93a70c34?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=HaraldSun&utm_medium=Facebook.  The article is a premium plus article so you may not be able to read it.  The gist of the story is that a fellow […]

Breaching a NSW levee bank to relive downstream flood pressure

  A question from the NSW SES in the Murray/Murrumbidgee regions. In this part of the world there are a great many raised irrigation channels criss-crossing the countryside and they make very effective levee banks which can and do impede the flow of flood water.  In the flood event last spring, as in previous events, […]


After writing my post MFB First Responders and Withholding Resuscitation (March 7, 2017) I was sent copies of two relevant CFA guidelines – EMR A 180 00 Do Not Resuscitate Orders (Issue 3, November 2004) and EMR A 185 00 Withholding of Treatment (Issue 1, November 2004).  These formed the basis of my post CFA […]

CFA Emergency Medical Response Guidelines

In response to the post MFB First Responders and Withholding Resuscitation (March 7, 2017) I have been provided with a copy of two guidelines issued by the Country Fire Authority (CFA).  I am not sure if these are the same as those issued by the MFB but I imagine that they are at least similar.  […]