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Record number of paramedic interns hit the road as ground breaks at new Woodville ambo station

The largest number of interns in the state’s history hit the road this week, and ground has been broken at the new Woodville ambulance station.

This week, the largest intake of paramedic interns in the state’s history has hit the road, enhancing the ambulance service’s capacity for the present and the future.

Additionally, 17 experienced paramedics from interstate have been recruited to further strengthen the workforce, ready to provide support to existing crews both in metropolitan and regional areas.

The State Government is now around halfway towards its goal of recruiting an additional 350 paramedics. This week, 22 new paramedics joined the ranks, including a dedicated 16-paramedic 24/7 crew based in Woodville and a six-person Regional Medical Transfer Service team stationed in Gawler.

Since March last year, a total of 171 new paramedics have been added to the force, an investment which has yielded promising results: Priority 2 lights and sirens response times in metro Adelaide have increased from 36.2% on time in January 2022 to an impressive 58.8% by October 2023.

Among the 48 paramedic interns, 43 will be based at metro stations, while five will serve in regional areas. These new recruits have undergone a five-week induction and clinical education program and they will continue to practice under supervision for the next 12 months, ensuring they are well-prepared for their vital roles.

“We’re almost halfway to our recruitment target – and we’re achieving it by recruiting from interstate and bringing on an additional 48 interns – the largest internship intake in history,” Premier Peter Malinauskas says.

In further news, the Woodville region is set to benefit from the construction of a brand-new $7.8 million Woodville Gardens ambulance station, with ground officially broken at the site. While the station is under construction, the Woodville crew will operate from Port Adelaide, ensuring uninterrupted service.

Ground has now broken on the four of the Government’s 10 promised brand new ambulance stations. Ongoing construction is underway at Port Augusta, Norwood, Edwardstown, and Woodville, while land has been secured for the remaining six stations in Golden Grove, Adelaide, Mount Barker, Gawler, Victor Harbor, and Campbelltown.

This massive $187.2 million infrastructure boost aims to deliver state-of-the-art ambulance stations, supporting our dedicated paramedics in their mission to care for South Australians. In addition to these developments, the government is adding 550 extra beds to the healthcare system.

The construction of the Woodville station is being carried out by Kennett, with an estimated average of 10 workers per day on site. The station will incorporate solar panels and its external design will seamlessly blend with the surrounding environment through carefully selected materials and landscaping.

“It’s a great day for the Western suburbs as we celebrate the ground-breaking of another of our purpose-built ambulance stations, a crucial step toward reaching patients more swiftly. Adding these two new crews in Woodville and Gawler will make a real difference to response times for South Australians calling Triple Zero in a crisis,” Premier Peter Malinauskas says.

As South Australia’s ambulance service continues to grow and improve, these advancements ensure that our hard-working paramedics have the tools and resources they need to provide timely and critical care to the community.

The new Woodville station, along with the ongoing development of additional stations, is a significant step towards a safer and more responsive emergency healthcare system for all South Australians.

“We’re excited to have our largest ever single group of paramedic interns on board to help us to continue to provide the best possible emergency care to our South Australian communities,” SAAS Chief Executive Officer Rob Elliott says.

“This is part of a significant resourcing boost that will increase the number of paramedics available to respond to our patients.”

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