CODE OF CONDUCT
The ‘Code of Conduct’ is a promise of professional practice upheld by all members of the Australasian College of Paramedicine.
As student members of the College, it is expect at all paramedic students familiarise themselves with the College Code of Conduct and honour it's worth through positive engagement with community, industry and related stakeholders. At the centre of code, is a commitment to providing professional care to what counts most, the patient.
The Code of Conduct is not solely referred to for standards in clinical practice. It encompasses expectations regarding ethical behaviours, attitudes to care, and principles of good patient interaction.
Code of Conduct:
In carrying out their professional duties, members must be honest, sincere and trustworthy, acting in a manner that does not bring discredit to their profession.
Members must ensure their actions and treatment demonstrates respect for the client as a person and that care is provided at the highest professional standard.
Responsibility / Accountability
Members must remain personally responsible and accountable for the professional decisions they make.
Members shall maintain and improve the necessary skills and knowledge in their areas of professional practice through ongoing and appropriate professional development. They will also ensure that at all times they practice their profession consistent with their level of education, competence, scope and currency. They shall further accept the responsibility to work as mentors for students in their areas of professional practice.
Consent for patient care
Wherever possible Members shall be committed to ensuring that they receive informed consent from their clients prior to instigating and providing treatment at the highest standard of contemporary care.
Members must maintain confidentiality of any information they obtain in the course of their work. They must not disclose any such information to a third party unless there is a legal or professional duty to do so.
Members shall promote, support, and where possible participate in research of pre-hospital care practices and ambulance service management and technical service support systems.
Members shall participate in the ethical review of their actions resulting from the provision of pre-hospital care and conduct in their professional role, whether that role is of a clinical, managerial, educational, or technical support system nature.
Members understand the need to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct, and will act at all times with professional courtesy and integrity. Members will not act in a manner that a reasonable person would view as bringing the profession or the College into disrepute or is otherwise improper.
Members have a duty to protect patient privacy, confidentiality and trust, and must maintain professional standards, to protect their patient’s and the community’s interests, and to be mindful of the impact their actions may have on their own, their employer’s and the profession’s reputation.