New ambos to meet demand for emergency services

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Welcome addition: Three new paramedics will be recruited to Echuca this year. Photo by Megan Fisher

Three new paramedics will be recruited in Echuca this year to meet the growing demand for ambulance services.

Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas announced last Friday that Echuca was not the only town receiving aid.

More than 150 paramedics have already signed up to join crews in regional Victoria this year.

She said 34 new paramedics will be recruited in the Loddon/Bendigo/Mallee area, 24 additional paramedics will retain their positions in the Grampians/Ballarat area and 50 new paramedics will be employed in the Hume/Central/Northern area .

“These over 150 new paramedics are a huge win for Region Victoria, with all parts of the state from Portland to Bairnsdale to Mildura standing to benefit, with many more to come,” said Mrs Thomas.

The Victorian Government’s $35million raise earlier this year accelerated the recruitment of 120 paramedics, which began in May.

As part of the 2022/23 Victorian Budget, a further $124 million has been invested to put more paramedics on the road.

Ambulance Victoria recruited 700 paramedics in 2021 – its biggest annual recruitment on record – and is on track to recruit the same number this year.

This will be essential to meet growing demand, as the organization recently experienced its busiest two quarters on record.

The government has increased the ranks of paramedics by more than 66% since 2014, an increase of nearly 2,200.

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