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Prioritising Ambulances and Paramedics

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Friday, 16 April 2021

Tags: Health, Ambulances, Paramedics

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

Every Tasmanian knows Ambulance Tasmania is an essential part of our health system, and that paramedics do an incredible job of looking after our community. Many people may not know about the intense pressure paramedics are under to keep up with demand, and that often they shoulder the heavy burden of not being able to help everyone who needs it in a timely way.

The Greens’ plan for Ambulance Tasmania would employ an extra 224 paramedics, invest in 34 new vehicles, build 4 more ambulance stations and establish a formal trauma support program for paramedics. 
Despite the dedicated, tireless work of paramedics, under-investing in ambulance services has left Tasmania with the worst response times in the country.
Too many people are waiting too long for emergency and urgent healthcare. 

The heartwrenching testimonials at the recent Coronial Inquest confirmed the State Government has failed to properly resource Ambulance Tasmania. With the Tasmanian population and demand for ambulances growing, this problem will only get worse without a significant increase in funding and staffing. 

Funding 224 more paramedics and investing in more ambulances and stations will help reduce ambulance waiting times, and take pressure off those who are doing their best to care for our community.

While proper resourcing for Ambulance Tasmania will take significant strain off paramedics, it doesn't change the fact their job necessarily involves high pressure environments and traumatic situations. Our plan also includes a formal trauma support program to provide paramedics expert mental health and wellbeing support to cope with their highly demanding work environment. 

This is a crucial step for the health and safety of all Tasmanians. 

The Greens are listening to paramedics, and understand the needs of the community. That’s why we’re investing in the resources Ambulance Tasmania needs to function effectively and safely.