PiCSA has written to The Hon. Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Aged Care regarding our serious concerns re the funding of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) and related follow-up services (see link for the complete letter).
We are urging the government to prioritise patient welfare and adopt a funding model that upholds internationally accepted industry and non-industry workforce roles. Funding reform measures are necessary, but must not undermine the viability of 3rd party non-industry providers or bias against the direct employment of cardiac physiologists.
We are also recommending mandatory registration of cardiac device physiologists (via www.accp.org.au).
PiCSA remains an advocate for the cardiac physiology workforce (regardless of employer) and welcomes membership from the public, private and industry sectors.