The Cairns region is set to receive an injection of staffing numbers thanks to a 2019 20 Budget announcement from the Palaszczuk Government
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services and Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the announcement would make it easier for front line staff.
“When you’re on the frontline it’s so important that you have the support from everyone else so that you can focus on your job – saving lives,” Minister Crawford said.
“We’ve been asking for more staff and the Palaszczuk Government has listened and delivered.
“These new staff are going to make a real difference for us in Far North Queensland.”
Member for Cairns Michael Healy welcomed the additional staff.
“Cairns is a growing area, and we need to meet demand by bolstering emergency services and providing the best health care before a patient even steps foot in a hospital,” Mr Healy said.
“We went to the last election promising more ambulance officers and we’re seeing that promise delivered.
“This forms part of our commitment to keep Queenslanders healthy by enhancing the number of ambulance officers around the State, particularly in Far North Queensland.
“These additional staff have only been made possible by the funding to redevelop Cairns Ambulance Station and Operations Centre.”
Member for Mulgrave and Speaker of the House Curtis Pitt said that this was another example of the Palaszczuk Government delivering as part of this year’s budget.
“Last week’s budget delivered on our promises and Far North Queensland can be assured that we’re enhancing access to emergency care in Cairns and the greater region,” Mr Pitt said.
“We’ve handed down a record QAS budget, and a good portion of that is going to help out Far North Queensland.
“The Palaszczuk Government is looking out for Far North Queensland and this is just another example.”
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said that the additional staff would make a world of difference in regional communities.
“Alongside the replacement of the Mareeba QAS Station, these additional staff are going to make a real impact on remote communities who rely on the State Government for health services,” Ms Lui said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is backing in our regions and providing additional health and ambulance services for our communities.
“We know that every single paramedic means more lives saved and better health outcomes.”
Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles said a total of nine new operational staff have been earmarked for the region.
“Queenslanders in regional areas, especially Far North Queenslanders, know just how important delivering additional front line services is,” Minister Miles said.
“It’s part of our record $885.7 million QAS budget which includes a funding boost of $85.4 million – that’s an increase of 10.7 per cent on last year meaning extra staff can be deployed.
“It’s also about creating jobs in the community which is a core Government initiative.”
“This is further proof of the Government’s commitment to the Cairns region in order to deliver first-class pre-hospital care to the community.”
QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles said the additional staff were a welcome boost for the Cairns Local Ambulance Service Network.
“We’re seeing an increased demand for our services and having nine new operational staff on the road helping the Cairns community goes a long way towards improving our response capability,” Commissioner Bowles said.
“We look forward to welcoming our new staff members to the QAS.
“Our paramedics, coupled with our emergency medical dispatchers and patient transport officers, are a vital part of the community and their work is vital to the health and wellbeing of the region.”