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Ambulance coverage boosted in regional Tasmania

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health
The Hodgman Liberal Government is boosting ambulance services in regional and remote areas across Tasmania, with the first three paramedics now successfully recruited.

Wynyard Ambulance Station is now staffed full-time, with three additional paramedics to providing emergency responses.

This is part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s $125 million investment into Ambulance Tasmania over six years, which includes the progressive recruitment of 42 paramedics in rural areas.

This financial year, Ambulance Tasmania will recruit three FTE paramedics in Dodges Ferry, three in Bicheno, three in Deloraine and three in St Helens, as well as upgrading the stations in each of those towns as a result of the additional recruitment.

Over the remaining four years, a further 24 paramedics will be recruited to regional areas across the state.

These additional paramedics, including those already successfully recruited in Wynyard, will assist in reducing fatigue, increasing ambulance responsiveness and reducing overtime costs.

We know there are demand pressures on our hospitals and on our paramedics, which is why we are committed to continuing this additional recruitment, as well as working with staff, stakeholders and the community to address these important issues.