More paramedics announced for Lismore Electorate

Janelle Saffin MP welcomes Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park's announcement of a boost to the regional paramedic workeforce, including more paramedics stationed at the Lismore Ambulance Station by mid-year.

MEMBER for Lismore Janelle Saffin says additional paramedics will be stationed in Lismore by the middle of this year as part of the Minns Labor Government’s commitment to boost the regional paramedic workforce.

“The Government has now announced the regional locations to get more paramedics and Lismore Ambulance station is one of the sites.

“This is great news and comes on the heels of the new pay agreement that gives professional recognition to our paramedics.

“NSW Ambulance will begin consulting unions and local staff about how many paramedics will be allocated to each region, as well as any capital works necessary to accommodate the additional staff.

“It’s good to see the roll out of the extra positions starting, because more paramedics means better response times, and better health outcomes for patients.

“The extra positions will provide more support to our existing NSW Ambulance staff in Lismore,” Ms Saffin said.

The Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park is overseeing the delivery of an additional 500 paramedics for regional, rural and remote communities over a four-year period, beginning with 125 in 2024.

The Minns Labor Government’s commitment to boost regional paramedics forms part of a broader suite of measures to build a supported regional workforce and improve access to and delivery of healthcare across regional communities, including:

· doubling rural health incentives;

· boosting more doctors in our regional GP surgeries as well as hospitals

· rolling out health worker accommodation; and

· delivering safe staffing levels in our hospitals.