New ambulance staff have hit the road in Mildura thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government’s $151 million commitment to boost ambulance services.
Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, said 143 new ambulance staff had been deployed to ambulance stations across Victoria, including 113 paramedics and 30 patient transport officers.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to ensuring all Victorians have access to the highest quality ambulance service delivering timely responses during emergencies,” Mr Crisp said.
“We are delivering on our $151 million election commitment to employ 310 additional paramedics and 30 patient transfer officers over five years.
“I am extremely proud that we have already fulfilled our promise for 30 patient transport officers, with new Non-Emergency Patient Transport crews now working in Geelong, Wonthaggi, Morwell, Ballarat, Wodonga, Seymour and Bendigo.”
Ambulance services in Mildura have received a MICA single responder unit which consists of six additional paramedics.
Mr Crisp said of the 113 new paramedics, 95 have been deployed to ambulance stations in rural Victoria.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is working with Ambulance Victoria to allocate new paramedics to areas of the state with the greatest need,” Mr Crisp said.
“This will be the biggest single increase in additional staffing for the ambulance service in the state’s history.”
Mr Crisp said the additional 30 patient transport officers across regional Victoria will relieve pressure on paramedics so that they are available to respond to life threatening emergencies.
Patient transport officers provide non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) services. NEPT crews undertake the non-emergency transfer of patients, typically between hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers, which in rural areas frees-up emergency ambulance crews.