Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Minister for Health; Mental Health

    New ambulances arrive in the Kimberley this week

    20/12/2022 1:00 PM
    • First of six brand new, state-of-the-art ambulances arrive in Derby this week
    • Four-wheel-drive ambulances equipped with specialist communications technology and custom-fitted to the Kimberley's road and weather conditions
    • Remaining fleet expected to be on the ground and servicing communities in Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing by the end of January 2023$1.6 million investment as part of the McGowan Government's implementation of the Country Ambulance Strategy

    The first of six brand new, custom-fitted ambulances arrived in the Kimberley this week, ready to answer the call of critically ill or injured residents of Derby and its surrounding communities.


    The $1.6 million, six-vehicle fleet includes:

    • three dual-berth vehicles to be based in Derby;
    • two dual-berth vehicles in Halls Creek; and
    • one single-berth vehicle in Fitzroy Crossing.

    The four-wheel-drive ambulances are equipped with specialist communications and safety technology and are fitted out to carry patients and staff through the Kimberley's unique conditions - such as heavy rain, high temperatures, and unsealed remote roads.


    They also have an increased fuel capacity, to transport patients to hospital across long distances between towns.


    The $1.6 million investment is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to Western Australia's Country Ambulance Strategy - Striving for Equity in Country WA.


    All six new ambulances are expected to be operational in the region from the end of January 2023.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


    "A $1.6 million investment in six brand new, state-of-the-art ambulances will provide significant support to locals in Derby, Halls Creek, and Fitzroy Crossing.


    "We have ensured this new fleet is tailored to the Kimberley environment - and the huge distances that ambulances sometimes travel - to carry patients safely to our emergency department teams."


    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:


    "These six ambulances will boost ambulance services in some of Western Australia's most remote areas.


    "Access to ambulance support to Kimberley residents - especially in remote communities surrounding Derby, Halls Creek and Fitzroy - is vital.


    "I am happy to see that improving ambulance support to Kimberley residents was a key priority of our Country Ambulance Strategy."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900