- WA's first country ambulance strategy provides a long-term plan to strengthen services
- 19 recommendations including increased support for volunteers, more community paramedics and investment in technology
- The review of services marks the delivery of a McGowan Government election commitment
Health Minister Roger Cook today officially launched Western Australia's first long-term strategy to strengthen country ambulance services across the State.
Undertaking a review of country ambulance services was a Labor Government election commitment. It will safeguard the future of this essential health service and ensure it is safe, equitable and sustainable.
The Country Ambulance Strategy - Striving for Equity in Country WA is the result of the most extensive community consultation ever undertaken in relation to state ambulance services.
A three-month public consultation phase and 120 community workshops saw almost 1,000 submissions received from the thousands of community members, health providers and stakeholders. These submissions have been used to inform the final strategy, the first of its kind ever produced in WA.
The Country Ambulance Strategy - Striving for Equity in Country WA sets out 19 recommendations including:
- measures to attract and support ambulance volunteers, including more training and administrative support;
- greater investment in community paramedics;
- improving coordination between hospitals and ambulance services; and
- adopting new technologies to improve communication to and from every ambulance on the road in country WA.
Priority measures will be progressed immediately to ensure a robust foundation for the future of the service. The Strategy is the first long-term strategy that considers the operating environment and emerging technologies in planning the future of a sustainable and high quality ambulance service.
The Country Ambulance Strategy - Striving for Equity in Country WA can be viewed at http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au/ambulances
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"I am very proud to be able to announce this 'first' for WA country residents - the first long-term plan to safeguard the future of the WA country ambulance services.
"The Country Ambulance Strategy - Striving for Equity in Country WA is a reflection of country residents' commitment to their ambulance service and reinforces the McGowan Government's ongoing support for the magnificent work done by our thousands of ambulance volunteers and country paramedics.
"I would like to thank St John Ambulance for their ongoing commitment to country ambulance services and look forward to working collaboratively with them to deliver this State first strategy.
"We are doing what has not been done before, so that country residents, volunteers and the wider community can continue to be assured of the best possible country ambulance service into the future.
"I extend my appreciation to every volunteer ambulance worker, organisations large and small and local community members who took the time to be part of a workshop, make a phone call, send an email or make a formal submission."
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