Public lecture on new ambulance stations

studentsandddummy-standardDr Peter O’Meara, Professor in Rural and Regional Paramedicine at La Trobe University Bendigo says that the four new ambulance stations at Eaglehawk, Epsom, Bendigo CBD and Strathdale should help improve survival rates from cardiac arrest to levels comparable to Melbourne and other large metropolitan centres.

‘Ambulance Victoria’s survival rates are already comparable to world’s best practice,’ he said. ‘Since 2008 rural survival rates for cardiac arrest have almost doubled.

‘What this does is address the geographic spread of Bendigo by spreading stations out over a wider area. It is one of a number of initiatives that Ambulance Victoria is undertaking at a local level to improve their high standard of care.’

Mr Masci says that the new ambulance stations are allowing Ambulance Victoria to respond quickly to locations throughout the city.

‘The new branches, in conjunction with the current Kangaroo Flat branch, provide Intensive Care, Advanced Life Support, non Emergency Stretcher and Clinic Car responses throughout the Bendigo area.

‘This along with other enhancements within the Loddon Mallee Region represent a significant improvement in the delivery of ambulance services for the City of Greater Bendigo.’

Mr Masci and Dr O’Meara are inviting members of the public to a free lecture, and question and answer session, which will take place at La Trobe University Bendigo’s Circular Lecture Theatre this Tuesday 18 September. The event will begin at 6.30 pm.


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