Sup­port for am­bos

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

A NEW am­bu­lance ser­vice will be es­tab­lished to sup­port Ton­gala and Stan­hope in hopes that am­bu­lance re­sponse times can be im­proved.

This new ser­vice, based on a suc­cess­ful model tri­alled this year will fea­ture a para­medic com­mu­nity sup­port co-or­di­na­tor and ve­hi­cle.

The para­medic com­mu­nity sup­port co-or­di­na­tor will be an ex­pe­ri­enced para­medic who can pro­vide a lo­cal emer­gency re­sponse, while also train­ing and su­per­vis­ing lo­cal vol­un­teer teams who can re­spond to in­ci­dents.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said the new ser­vice was an im­por­tant step in im­prov­ing the well­be­ing of Ton­gala and Stan­hope com­mu­ni­ties.

“Lo­cal fam­i­lies in Moira West, Ton­gala and Stan­hope can look for­ward to the peace of mind that emer­gency care is close by when they need it most,” she said.

“This is an ex­cit­ing new model for re­gional and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties where a pro­fes­sional para­medic is pro­vid­ing bet­ter ac­cess to crit­i­cal care and train­ing-up ded­i­cated lo­cal vol­un­teers to re­spond to emer­gen­cies.”

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