WA's Country Ambulance Service draft Strategy

In 2016 the WA Country Health Service Board endorsed the need for the development of a future driven strategy to ensure the Country Ambulance Service meets the needs of regional communities. The draft Country Ambulance Strategy is the result of consultation with key stakeholders who use and run ambulance services in country communities and recognises the tremendous and valuable commitment of WA’s ambulance volunteers in providing an ambulance response in more regional and remote locations in WA than in any other State.

The draft Strategy makes a range of recommendations including increasing investment in community paramedics, improvements to communications and technology, volunteer support and improving consistency of dispatch times. A major recommendation is the implementation of a policy framework to set a foundation for the future and ensure consistent standards across all communities.

A summary of the draft Strategy has been developed and is available for review. This is open for public comment until 10th December 2018. Your feedback is welcomed to shape the final Strategy to ensure the provision of a sustainable and strengthened ambulance service for country communities into the future.

Collated feedback responses will be published on this portal from 17th December. Ongoing updates will be added as the Strategy progresses.

Implementation of the finalised Strategy is expected to commence in a collaborative phased approach from early next year.

160

Country Ambulance Response Centres

>2.8M

Hours volunteered delivering ambulance services

>32K

Urgent ambulance attendances*

>28K

Non urgent ambulance attendances*

39

Locations visited

9

Comparative ambulance services examined

*FY 16/17 St John Ambulance activity in country WA

Have your say:

We welcome your feedback to the draft Strategy, which may be given in one of the following ways:

The closing date for provision of feedback is 10 December 2018.