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March 2011

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Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Greg Sassella and Board Chair Marika McMahon (centre) with graduate paramedics.

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Mr Sassella and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Nick Wakeling with more graduates.


New paramedics to boost ambo numbers around the state

Health Minister David Davis and Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Greg Sassella have welcomed 129 new paramedics.

Mr Davis said the deployment of these newest paramedics would assist the existing workforce in towns and suburbs across the state and recognised the importance of having people on the ground delivering services to local communities.

‘It gives the existing workforce urgently-needed support, so paramedics can continue to provide exceptional prehospital care.’

Mr Davis said all Victorians would benefit from a $151 million statewide plan, which would provide hundreds of new ambulance officers across regional and metropolitan Victoria and give an urgently-needed boost to Ambulance Victoria.

‘I am working with Ambulance Victoria, local communities and paramedics to allocate new paramedics to areas of the state with the greatest need,’ Mr Davis said.

‘This will be the biggest single increase in additional staffing for the ambulance service in the state’s history.’

Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella congratulated the new graduates for completing their studies and welcomed them as qualified paramedics.

‘After years of university study, these enthusiastic graduate paramedics now have the life-saving skills required to join our dedicated team,’ Mr Sassella said.

The graduates celebrated with family and friends.