NAGAMBIE residents can breathe a sigh of relief after the State Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mary-Anne Thomas announced a permanent ambulance service for the township today.
In Nagambie, Ms Thomas said the ambulance service, starting in October, would be staffed by Ambulance Community Officers with support from professional paramedics at peak times of the year.
After a long bid by the community and members of the Nagambie Ambulance Service Community Alliance (NASCA) locals can look forward to better access to the critical emergency care.
Ms Thomas said the new Nagambie Ambulance service would make a big difference to the community.
“This is the most significant investment of ambulance resources in Nagambie, and we are proud to be delivering it,” she said.
The new 24-hour service followed an Ambulance Victoria trial conducted over the most recent summer period as well as Easter time.
According to the State Government, an evaluation of the trial found the Ambulance Community Officer (ACO) model of care was the best fit for a rural community such as Nagambie.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes thanked Nagambie’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers for their dedication and passion for saving lives.
“They will now be offered extra training to build their skills and become Ambulance Community Officers,” she said.
See full coverage in next week’s printed edition of The Euroa Gazette.