Today’s question comes from Western Australia. I’m asked:
Can a non-registered paramedic, let’s call them a medic, attend to emergency calls with lights and sirens as well as driving in a marked van labelled ‘ambulance’?
I’m then provided with a link to a private emergency service provider but I won’t post that here as the identity is not important but it’s that which tells me this question is from WA.
Paramedics are registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. That scheme works via protection of title. It is an offence for anyone who is not a registered paramedic to call themselves a paramedic or to use any other title to suggest that they are a registered paramedic (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) s 113). This law says nothing about the road rules or ambulance services.
In Western Australia there is no ambulance service legislation. So, anyone can set up a private ambulance service. They cannot, on a public street, use lights and sirens or drive contrary to the road rules unless they have approval from the CEO of the Department of Transport (Road Traffic Code 2000 (WA) s 3 definition of ‘emergency vehicle’).
In short, yes a ‘non-registered paramedic, let’s call them a medic, [can, in Western Australia] attend to emergency calls with lights and sirens as well as driving in a marked van labelled ‘ambulance’’ provided they have been ‘duly authorised as an emergency vehicle for the purposes of these regulations, by the CEO’ of the Department of Transport.