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NSW Government Boards and Committees Register

Paramedicine Council of NSW

Closing date: 13th March, 2020
Region: Sydney
Agency: Health Professional Councils Authority

The Paramedicine Council of NSW manages complaints about registered paramedic and students in conjunction with the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).

Expressions of interest are invited for membership of the Paramedicine Council of NSW:

  • 1 Lawyer

Council members are appointed for a term of up to three years and are eligible for reappointment for a maximum period of nine years.

Health professional councils are independent statutory bodies established under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) (the Law). There are 14 other health professional councils in NSW. The Governor of NSW appoints members recommended by the Minister for Health.

The council’s main responsibility is to protect the public by regulating the profession. The council does this by working in partnership with HCCC to manage complaints about the health, performance and conduct of registered practitioners in NSW.

Responsibilities of the Council President and Members

The President is responsible for leading the council and ensuring that the members work together as a cohesive team.

Members of the council:

  • actively contribute to the effective governance and oversight of the council and its role in the regulation of registered health professionals in NSW
  • have oversight for the efficient and responsible expenditure of public funds in accordance with relevant legislation and government policy and guidelines, and
  • are accountable for their performance.

Availability and expectations of members

Applicants should be aware of the significant workload required of council members. Most council members are expected to spend one day per week on council business.

Members may also be appointed to ad-hoc hearings and panels convened to make decisions on behalf of the council and attend meetings held on a day that is not a council meeting day. Each council meeting or panel hearing requires significant pre-reading. Council members may also be appointed to other committees which meet monthly or quarterly to direct other council and Health Professional Councils Authority strategic activity. On occasion, members may attend community meetings or events in a representative capacity, to strengthen the council’s interaction with the profession and the community it serves.

Remuneration

Council members are paid in accordance with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Government Boards and Committees Guidelines (September 2015). Rates are set by the NSW Treasury and approved by the Minister for Health. The annual remuneration rates are:

  • President $4214
  • Member $3665

Council members who undertake additional work for the council (such as hearings or interviews) are paid on a sessional basis. Reimbursement of expenses (including out of pocket travelling expenses) is paid in line with NSW Government policy. Travelling time is not remunerated. Member remuneration includes superannuation (SGC).

Superannuation (SGC) is paid through the NSW Ministry of Health payroll system to a complying fund of the member's choice.

Skills and Experience

Applications should include a brief covering letter or statement addressing each of the following selection criteria:

  1. High level of professional expertise in one or more of the following areas: a registered health practitioner in the relevant profession, management, law (with a practising certificate), governance, ethics, research, stakeholder engagement/management, consumer rights in health, finance, audit and risk.
  2. The capacity to actively participate as a member of Council in the regulation of registered health practitioners to protect the public including evidence of integrity, independence , impartiality, good judgement and social awareness.
  3. High level of oral, written and interpersonal communication skills including influencing and negotiating.
  4. Demonstrated experience or capacity to work collaboratively and productively in a management or governance team.
  5. Capacity and flexibility to contribute time to the workload and demands of the Council.

Applicants who are NSW Government sector employees

NSW Government sector employees (including NSW Health employees) may be appointed to a council. Applicants should seek their employer’s support for their nomination and provide contact information for their employer on the Expression of Interest form. In accordance with the NSW Government Boards and Committees Guidelines, Section 8.3, public sector employees who undertake work for the council during their normal work hours are not paid a sitting/annual fee unless they obtain an exemption from the Public Service Commission.

Further information is available on the Health Professional Councils Authoritywebsite.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to submit:

  • an Expression of Interest form
  • a brief statement addressing each of the selection criteria
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • the names and details of two referees.

The application should be a maximum of five pages.

Expressions of Interest may be submitted by email.

Closing date: 28 February 2020

Enquiries To

Sharlene Wiebenga on 02 9219 0273 or at [email protected]

Areas of Interest: Health
Published 30th April
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