Sick and injured Victorians might be handled and assessed by new extremely skilled specialist paramedic practitioners to take strain off the state’s over-burdened hospital system if the Andrews Authorities wins the November 26 election.
Within the newest well being salvo from state authorities, Premier Daniel Andrews introduced a $20 million plan to coach 25 specialist “paramedic practitioners” by 2026.
Andrews stated it was an Australian first and the scope of the brand new roles could be finalised after consultations with paramedics, medical doctors, well being providers and unions. The system might be modelled on the UK, the place paramedic practitioners attend advanced maternity call-outs, and might dispense extra drugs and use extra superior medical gear than paramedics normally can.
Andrews stated Victoria would have at the very least 25 paramedic practitioners skilled and on the street by 2026. He stated finding out to change into a paramedic practitioner could be “completely free” via authorities offered scholarships.
The announcement comes as the federal government faces rising strain over the well being system. As The Age reported this week, hovering inflation may slash Victoria’s well being price range by greater than 13 per cent in actual phrases this monetary 12 months, as medical doctors warn of worse outcomes for sufferers at a time of continued record-breaking demand.
Emergency departments are nonetheless going through excessive demand and hospitals have warned this might characterize a “new regular” for the system.
At a press convention in Wonthaggi, Andrews additionally stated a re-elected Labor authorities would spend as much as $290 million for a significant redevelopment of the Wonthaggi Hospital to ship further beds, a brand new birthing advanced and a brand new outpatient clinic.
Andrews stated the inhabitants was rising on the Bass Coast, promising his authorities would proceed to satisfy the wants of native households.