GIVING PEOPLE IN SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA THE BEST CARE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver better care for people in South-West Victoria – with more specialists and better ambulance services with more paramedics.

Labor will put more world-leading specialists into the regions, paving the way for 500,000 more specialist appointments in regional and rural Victoria over the next four years. In South-West Victoria, patients will be able to access 15,000 additional specialist appointments over the next four years.

Right now, many regional patients are required to travel to Melbourne for appointments and treatment, 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.

We 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.

To boost care further for local families, Labor will fund more paramedics in South-West Victoria, with Camperdown and Terang becoming dual officer stations as part of a $109 million investment in ambulance services across regional Victoria.

All Liberal governments cut and close. The Kennett Liberal Government closed 12 hospitals across the state – including Koroit, Macarthur, Mortlake, Lismore, Beeac and Birregurra – and the former Liberal Government slashed funding to health and went to war with our paramedics.

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

We’ve ended the war on paramedics, reversed the savage Liberal cuts and delivered the best ambulance response times on record. New data released today shows ambulances in Warrnambool are now responding to 93.30 per cent of Code 1 incidents within 15 minutes up from 81.84 per cent in 2014 – getting people the vital medical help they need faster and saving lives.

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 Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney

“We’ve ended the war on paramedics waged by the Liberals, but there’s more to do. This will boost paramedics and give locals more access to specialist care, closer to home.”

“This boost for our ambos will improve care and save lives, and builds on our record investment in health and ambulance services across Victoria.”