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Call for ambulance review


An ambulance union official has echoed the sentiments of Member for Lowan Emma Kealy in calling for an exploration of ways to improve ambulance response times in regional Victoria.
Ambulance Employees Australia secretary Steve McGhie said while there had been a slight improvement overall in response times statewide, there remained ‘a lot of work to be done’.
He said an Ambulance Victoria examination into finding ways to establish different responses to emergency and non-emergency situations might help free up paramedics for serious call-outs.
“Paramedics respond to many cases through triple zero that often turn out not to be emergencies. This can in turn tie them up for a long time when there might be more serious emergencies they could be attending,” he said.
Mr McGhie said in those types of non-emergency cases, the idea might be to have a secondary triage system where a paramedic or nurse could redirect private ambulance services to an incident. This would free up services for emergencies.
“There are clearly limited resources for such a vast area as western Victoria but while we have some geographical issues, Victoria is a much smaller state than NSW or Queensland and we can clearly have a review of what’s required,” he said.
“I know Ambulance Victoria is looking at this and we expect to see a vast improvement in response times within the next six to 12 months.”

For full story, see the February 24, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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