Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said more than $1 billion will be invested in
NSW Ambulance this financial year.
“This time last year, we announced the biggest paramedic workforce boost
in the State’s history with plans for 750 extra staff over four years,” Mr Perrottet
“Today, another record Budget for NSW Ambulance will deliver the second
tranche of staff from that commitment – 221 paramedics and call centre staff across the
for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said only the strong economic
management of a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government could make good on this promise.
“Labor did nothing in its 16 years in office to future-proof our
ambulance services but across NSW, the Liberals & Nationals are getting it done, delivering services and
infrastructure,” Mr Hazzard said.
“We need to look after the people who look after us and by boosting our
paramedic workforce in both metropolitan and regional areas, we can try and
make a very stressful job, a little less so.”
Since 2011, as part of the Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration
(RAIR) program and Sydney Ambulance Metropolitan Infrastructure Strategy
(SAMIS) we have built or upgraded 14 stations in rural and regional NSW and
nine superstations across Sydney.
Another nine stations will be delivered in regional NSW and three in
Sydney due to the continued record investment in our Ambulance services.
The investment of more than $1
billion in services and capital works includes:
- $27.1 million in 2019-20 to employ
an additional 221 paramedics and call centre staff (part of 750
paramedics and call centre staff over four years) to improve
response times, reduce paramedic fatigue and support safety.
the $184.0 million SAMIS ($16.4 million in 2019-20) to deliver modern, new
superstations. Superstations have been completed at Artarmon, Bankstown,
Blacktown, Caringbah, Haberfield, Kogarah, Liverpool, Northmead and
Penrith. A site has been acquired for
the Randwick superstation and planning is underway for Mona Vale and Central
$122.1 million RAIR program ($31.1 million in 2019-20) to improve the delivery
of emergency care for people in rural and regional areas. Stations have been
completed at Ardlethan, Bathurst, St George Basin, Berry, Coolamon, Griffith,
Hamlyn Terrace (Wyong), Harden, Kiama, Molong, Pottsville, Toukley, Wagga Wagga
and Wauchope. Construction is underway
at Rutherford, Yass, Birmingham Gardens, Grenfell, Goulburn, Cowra and Bungendore.
Future stations in the RAIR program include
Cootamundra and Sawtell (Coffs Harbour). In addition to RAIR, an ambulance station is also
planned for Iluka.
- The NSW Government
will also invest a total of $7.5 million to support developing a digital
solution to enable the transfer of clinical observation data from the ambulance
to the hospital in real time, saving precious moments on a patient’s arrival at the ED.