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Reforms proposed for New South Wales Ambulance Service

Health Minister Jillian Skinner released reform plan for NSW Ambulance.

The reform plan has been developed in response to an independent strategic review into NSW Ambulance.

“The independent review identified a number of key improvement areas at NSW Ambulance and the NSW Government reform plan will immediately address these areas of concern,” Mrs Skinner said. “What we will deliver as part of this reform package is a world-class ambulance service, which will meet the needs of patients across the state well into the future.”

The reform plan focuses on five key strategic directions:

  • Integrating NSW Ambulance into the broader health system;
  • Separating non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) from urgent medical retrieval patient services so that NSW Ambulance is able to focus on its core role – attending to emergencies;
  • Developing new models of care and investing in new providers to effectively manage demand and response times, reduce paramedic fatigue and improve the operating costs of NSW Ambulance;
  • Ensuring that NSW Ambulance has effective infrastructure and a funding model that will ensure financial sustainability in the future;
  • Strengthening the leadership, workforce and governance structure of NSW Ambulance and embracing the CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.

Read the rest here, from Hal Newman's Big Medicine blog: Ambulance reforms announced

Read the 28 page plan HERE

NSW Ambulance Service website.

Tip of the helmet to Tom Little for the link.

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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