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Broken Hill to receive additional paramedics

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Broken Hill will be one of 10 regional towns in New South Wales to benefit from the state government’s election commitment to bring additional paramedics into regional areas.

The Health Services Union (HSU) – who have been strong advocates for more regional paramedics – have been consulting with NSW Ambulance and local staff about the proposed locations for the 125 total paramedics arriving into regional, rural, and remote communities by mid-2024, with the first cohort beginning their six-week induction programs this month.

It’s hoped that the new paramedics will deliver better outcomes for patients and their families and provide more support for existing NSW Ambulance staff in the bush. It also follows a raft of measures to build a supported regional workforce and improve access and healthcare delivery across regional communities, including:

  • doubling rural health incentives,
  • boosting more doctors in regional GP surgeries and hospitals through the expansion of the single employer model which makes it easier for training rural doctors to maintain their employee benefits and training support between workplaces,
  • preparing to roll out health worker study subsidies for those working in regional and rural areas,
  • rolling out health worker accommodation,
  • delivering safe staffing levels in hospitals, including in the bush.

“Everyone should be able to access quality healthcare, no matter where they live, including in regional NSW. Our priority is to retain our existing paramedics while still delivering critical increase in paramedic numbers where they are needed most. In particular in rural and regional NSW,” Minister for Regional Health, Ryan Park, said.

“We know that regional, rural, and remote communities are grappling with significant workforce shortages, but we are focused on boosting, recruiting, and retaining more health workers. We are embracing a comprehensive range of measures to do this. Investing in and supporting our frontline healthcare workers with an additional 500 paramedics is a core ministerial priority.”

NSW Ambulance Chief Executive, Dr Dominic Morgan, said “the significant increase to the paramedic workforce will boost NSW Ambulance’s capacity to provide high quality care to patients across NSW”.

“I look forward to welcoming these new paramedics to NSW Ambulance, where they will be able to build upon their skills learned in training to help their local communities. We have completed service demand and workforce planning to determine where these important roles will be allocated in regional and rural NSW.”

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