12.11.2020 12:41 Age: 106 days

Country ambulance strategy underway: $9.2 million for high priority recommendations

The first phase of implementation of WA’s country ambulance strategy is underway and will include six new ambulances and a two-year pilot to put paid paramedics into the Kimberley.

Of the $9.2 earmarked, $1.6 million will see six brand new ambulances – with state-of-the-art communications and safety technology – added to the Kimberley fleet.

To further strengthen services to remote communities, a two-year, $2 million pilot will be implemented to trial three paid professional paramedics in Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and Derby.

In addition, WA Country Health Service (WACHS) will continue to work closely with St John Ambulance, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and metropolitan hospitals to improve patient flow and coordination with a $5.6 million investment in digital technologies.

The $9.2 million investment delivers the first phase of The Country Ambulance Strategy – Striving for Equity in Country WA, WA’s first-ever, forward-looking plan to strengthen ambulance services in country Western Australia.

The Strategy was the result of the most extensive community consultation ever undertaken in relation to country ambulance services.

A three-month consultation phase and 120 community workshops saw almost 1,000 submissions received from community members, health providers and stakeholders. It was launched to the community in November 2019.