Accreditation by the CAA, in partnership with Paramedics Australasia, is a valuable endorsement of the quality of the programme run by Whitireia, in conjunction with Wellington Free Ambulance. The accreditation process both emphasised the effectiveness of our current programme and helped shape the direction for future growth said Gary Strong, Programme Leader, Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) at Whitireia.
The CAA accreditation process aims to ensure that the education provided to paramedic students equips them to meet the requirements of modern ambulance service delivery and to promote ongoing dialogue between the ambulance and education sectors, as well as the paramedic profession through Paramedics Australasia.
To gain accreditation, tertiary institutions must complete a detailed self-assessment statement which is then verified through a multi-disciplinary Site Evaluation Team visit to the campus. The Whitireia degree programme has been granted Provisional Accreditation and, following a 12 month programme review and update, can proceed to apply for full accreditation.
The CAA comprises the public ambulance services in each Australian State and Territory and in New Zealand. It provides leadership within the ambulance industry and aims to influence, advise on and develop superior pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care throughout the region.
Gary & Sean receive accreditation certificate from
Greg Mundy, CEO of the Council of Ambulance Authorities