The CAA Committees

Committees, Forums and Working Groups

Strategic Business Committee (SBAC)

Strategic Business Committee (SBC)

 The SBC is the key advisory group to the CAA on matters relating to the strategic direction and development of business, resourcing, planning and reporting within the sector. The SBC provides oversight for the CAA's data collection and their development including data for the annual Report on Government Services (ROGS).

Operations & Data Committee (ODC)

Operations & Data Committee (OC)

 The Operations Committee provides a forum for the exchange of views and insights on current issues in ambulance service delivery. The group discusses new technologies, equipment, industrial relations, workforce trends and other issues that have implications on operational running of ambulance services.

Ambulance Education Committee (AEC)

Ambulance Education Committee (AEC)

The AEC as a Standing Committee of the Council of Ambulance Authorities Inc., provides  a focal point on matters related to ambulance education programs and of professional practice by the industry and to consider education matters relevant to the provision of quality ambulance services and provide recommendations on specific matters when requested by the Board of the CAA.
The AEC oversees the work of the Paramedic Education Accreditation Program (PEPAP) which reviews and accredits entry-level university degree courses for paramedics.  It also looks at new methods of delivering education including simulation and e-learning.
The AEC is a key vehicle for stakeholder engagement between universities, the paramedic profession and the CAA in the development of the higher education accreditation program agenda.

 

 

Emergency Management Forum (EMF)

Emergency Management Forum (EMF)

The activities of the EMC include the ongoing provision of advice to the CAA Board relating to issues affecting resource capacities and development, and national standards and technical advice.

There has been an agreement that in future all ambulance services will use a standard triage tag system.  This system went through a number of trials before agreement was reached.  EMC members represent the CAA on a number of national committees which assist in ensuring the ambulance agenda is continually represented when emergency management issues are discussed at a national level including the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC).

The EMC looks at the involvement of ambulance services in major emergencies with a view to distilling the lessons to be applied to future events.

 

Clinical Forum (CF)

Clinical Forum (CF)

The CF provides an opportunity for the Medical Directors and the Clinical Managers of member services (and such other specialists in pre-hospital emergency service as may be determined) to consider clinical matters relevant to the provision of quality ambulance services and provide recommendations on specific matters when requested by the Board of the CAA.
These meetings provide an opportunity to share clinical research occurring within each jurisdiction and enables future collaboration to the benefit of all jurisdictions.

 

 

Research Forum

Research Forum

The Research Forum, a collaboration between CAA member services, seeks to promote and advance research methodology and governance, and facilitate the translation of research into operation and clinical practices.

The committee, comprising directors, managers and staff involved in research strives to lead the Australian and New Zealand EMS research agenda incorporating a range of strategies including identifying emerging issues.

The Research Forum maintains links with other CAA committees, working groups and forums in addition to relevant external bodies including universities, peak bodies, governments and other stakeholders.

 

Rural and Remote Group (RRG)

Rural and Remote Group (RRG)

The Rural and Remote Group (RRG) provides an Australasian focus and acts as the key advisory group to the CAA on matters relating to the strategic direction and development of ambulance related services in rural and remote areas. There is a particular reference to models of service delivery and strategic issues that include delivery of volunteer ambulance services.

When required the RRG assists the host jurisdiction in planning a rural and remote symposium in conjunction with CAA’s Annual Conference.

 

Australian Emergency Volunteer Working Group

Australian Emergency Volunteer Working Group

More details to follow

 

CAA Representation on External Organisations & Committiees

Representation

The CAA is represented on a number of national and Australasian committees including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, the National Rural Health Alliance and other national committees dealing with emergency management, health service and clinical issues. This representation ensures the ambulance sector perspective is brought to the attention of relevant ministers and department heads. The CAA is also represented on the International Round Table of Community Paramedicine - an international group concerned with innovative service models and expanded role initiatives including in rural areas.