Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    New ambulances for the Kimberley

    15/10/2013 12:00 AM
    • Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and Derby benefit from new ambulances
    • New ambulances are part of $150million boost to services across WA
    • Program will deliver seven new ambulances to the Kimberley
    • Funding includes $26.1million from State Government’s Royalties for Regions

    Another two ambulances will hit the red dirt of the Kimberley this month, as part of a $150million program to boost ambulance services across Western Australia.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the new ambulances will be initially located in Derby and after testing and minor modifications will be permanently moved to Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.


    By next month, three ambulances will be based in Derby and two each in Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.


    “These ambulances will provide a fast, efficient, modern service to people living in a remote part of WA,” Dr Hames said.


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said $26.1million in State Government Royalties for Regions funding would also help provide equipment, the recruitment of additional staff and a strong focus on staff training.


    “Two nurse educators are being recruited to boost the delivery of emergency clinical services in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek,” Mr Grylls said.


    “New training programs have been implemented, with additional training offered three times a year to ensure staff maintain their triage, assessment and resuscitation skills.


    “This is especially important for remote staff who don’t experience the same volume of emergency situations as their metropolitan colleagues.”


          Fact File

    • WA Country Health Service is working with St John Ambulance to ensure the additional funding will lead to improved service

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