Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Please find below answers to questions that you may have about the WA’s Country Ambulance Service draft Strategy, and the process that has been worked through.
Previous reviews have identified the complexity around the availability, safety, viability and sustainability of the current model of country ambulance services. Building on the previous review works, this is the first time that a comprehensive strategy has been developed to strengthen WA’s country ambulance services into the future. The draft Country Ambulance Strategy is the result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders who use and run ambulance services. It incorporates a review of both national and international service models and provides a clear and transparent strategic direction going forward.
The Country Ambulance Service is complex and varies from location to location. Some country areas have ambulance Sub Centres that can respond to more than 3000 calls each year, while others may respond to 10 calls per year. Having paramedics stationed in locations that don’t receive a high number of calls is not sustainable for the communities, or for the professional development of the paramedics.
No. The Strategy is clear that policy, contracts and investment are the primary focus for improving the Country Ambulance Service.
WA Country Health Service and St John Ambulance have worked closely together for many decades to ensure that country communities have a high quality ambulance service. We continue to value the vital role of staff and volunteers, many of whom had input into the consultation through the 120 meetings held at 40 towns and through videoconferencing and email.
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