Update on Victoria’s ambulance crisis as new graduates join

Victoria’s ambulance sector has received a major boost with the graduation of hundreds of new paramedics.

An additional 631 graduates joined the sector over the course of the year, according to Premier Daniel Andrews.

“As well as recruiting more paramedics, we will continue to work in partnership with the workforce to deliver innovative and new ways of providing care as our paramedics face record demand,” he said.

“We will continue to provide the resources and infrastructure our paramedics need, so they can continue to provide the best possible care to Victorians.”

Graduate paramedics become fully qualified over the course of a year. After completing The Graduate Ambulance Paramedic (GAP) program, paramedics continue professional development and education throughout their careers.

In addition, 30 Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedics have joined the ranks this year, including paramedics from New Zealand and Canada.

Victoria’s paramedic workforce has grown by more than 56 per cent since 2014, an increase of more than 2200 paramedics.

Ambulance Victoria recruited 700 paramedics in 2021, its biggest ever annual recruitment.

The latest round of paramedic graduations comes amid a series of pandemic-induced problems for the service, including several code red alerts throughout the year.

Last month, Ambulance Union of Victoria secretary Danny Hill said the ambulance service had been “catching up” since about 40 ambulances were sold to the private sector in the decade 1990

“They’ve been playing catch-up in terms of their wages, their conditions, their safety standards, and nowhere was that more clear than during the pandemic and you’ll remember all those scenes of long queues of ambulances in front of people great. . care facilities,” Mr Hill said.

He welcomed support to bring these services back under the care of the public sector and back to not-for-profit.

“When you move something from a health service to a private for-profit entity, you see a lowering of the standard, so that’s something we wholeheartedly welcome and endorse. It’s a huge improvement.”

Originally published as Update on Victoria’s ambulance crisis as new graduates join

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