Record health funding delivers more paramedics

29 January 2021

Health services across the local Bundamba community will soon be boosted with six new advanced care paramedics joining the team at Redbank Ambulance Station.

Member for Bundamba and Assistant Minister Lance McCallum said the extra officers were expected to start by the end of April.

He said the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing commitment to more frontline staff was part of a record $21.8 billion health investment in 2020-2021.

“As our local population increases and ages, the demand for ambulance services will continue to grow,” Mr McCallum said.

“The extra shifts these paramedics will fill will enhance patient care in Ipswich, as well as creating local jobs.

“This investment will provide an additional day shift crew across all days of the week to improve our response within Redbank and surrounding areas.”

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette D’Ath said the budget included $989.7 million for ambulance services – up 5.4 per cent from 2019-2020.

“That will deliver 135 new and replacement ambulance vehicles, while $18.1 million will fund new and replacement ambulance stations,” Ms D’Ath said.

“It also means 109 new ambulance officers will join the QAS in locations across the state, including Redbank.”

QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles said the paramedics would improve pre-hospital care for the West Moreton Local Ambulance Service Network.

“Officers from Redbank responded to 9,127 emergency incidents last financial year, and we expect that to increase this year,” Commissioner Bowles said.