A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver better care for people across Western Victoria, with ambulance station upgrades, new vehicles, more specialist appointments and more paramedics.

Only Labor stands with our doctors, nurses and patients. We’ve already repaired the Liberals’ chronic cuts to health care, investing $3.2 billion building world-class hospitals and delivering our health care workers modern equipment, but there’s more to do.

That’s why Labor will put more world-leading specialists into the regions, paving the way for 500,000 more specialist appointments in regional and rural Victoria – including Western Victoria – over the next four years.

Right now, many regional patients are required to travel to Melbourne for treatment and appointments, or face big out-of-pocket costs for a local private appointment.

With private specialist appointments costing between $175 and $565, this investment has the potential to save Victorian patients thousands of dollars. It will mean regional patients won’t be spending hours away from loved ones to access specialist care.

Labor will also establish an easy-to-access registry for GPs, with up-to-date information about individual hospital wait lists, so that country patients can be seen faster – and closer to home.

We will also upgrade the existing ambulance branch in Ararat, with a new peak period unit with seven full-time equivalent paramedics. We will also bring MICA Officers to Ararat for the first time as part of a $109 million investment in ambulance services across regional Victoria.

The Labor Government is also completely rebuilding the St Arnaud branch, so paramedics have the modern facilities they deserve, and has delivered Wedderburn its first ever 24-hour ambulance service.

Labor will also convert Avoca, Inglewood, Charlton, Beaufort, St Arnaud and Rupanyup stations into dual crew stations – ensuring there’s always another paramedic on hand to help out and save lives.

All Liberal governments cut and close. The Kennett Liberal Government closed 12 hospitals across the state – including Clunes – and the former Liberal Government slashed funding to health and went to war with our paramedics.

This caused response times for ambulances arriving at Code 1 emergencies within 15 minutes to deteriorate to a record low of 73 per cent – the worst on the Australian mainland.

Labor has ended the Liberals’ ambulance crisis and delivered the biggest ever investment into our ambulance service in Victoria’s history, funding an additional 450 new paramedics and building new and upgraded ambulance stations across the state.

Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Four years ago I made a promise to fix the ambulance crisis and we have. But there’s more to do, and only Labor can be trusted to back our paramedics.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“Victorians can’t afford to go back to the days where patients were left dying because an ambulance couldn’t get there in time. Only Labor will give people confidence that in an emergency, they’ll get the life-saving care they need.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Ripon Sarah De Santis

“These additional resources in Ararat and St Arnaud will make a huge difference to our hardworking and dedicated paramedics, allowing them to do what they do best, which is saving lives.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Lowan Maurice Billi

“Paramedics are there when we need them most – and with more paramedics and vehicles on the road across the Grampians and the Wimmera, along with better equipment, more lives will be saved.”

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