Yan Yean electorate ambulance services

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health, and the action I seek is that the minister provide a detailed delivery time line for new ambulance services to be established in the Yan Yean electorate. I want to acknowledge the amazing work of our paramedics across Victoria and especially in Melbourne’s north. Since the election of the Andrews government, we have ended the war on Victoria’s paramedics waged by the Liberal-National parties and we have worked with paramedics to reduce response times and save lives.

The Minister for Health is always welcome to visit the local communities in my electorate, and they were delighted when she visited with the member for Eltham and me to announce that two new ambulance stations would be built, in Diamond Creek and Mernda respectively. The Diamond Creek 24-hour branch will be the first one ever to serve Nillumbik, and the Mernda station is actually the initial station that that community will see, with $1.5 million set aside to purchase land and an additional $1.7 million for the construction of the new station. The site for the Diamond Creek station has been announced, and it is on the main road in Diamond Creek opposite The Parkway. It is very close to the edge of Wattle Glen.

These new branches will be of great benefit to the north and take pressure off branches at Whittlesea, Epping and Kinglake, and they are in addition to new branches at Wallan and Eltham. The new stations will mean paramedics will respond sooner to emergencies in Mernda and all across Melbourne’s north, meeting the increased demand from the growing population.

I am delighted that the Andrews government has allocated $144 million to rebuild our ambulance system. Our $60 million ambulance Response Time Rescue Fund provides for faster responses and makes sure our ambulances respond to the right patient at the right time with the right care. It was great to see that Ambulance Victoria announced this month that Victoria’s paramedics had responded faster to patients this winter despite the huge demand of one of the worst ever flu seasons in a decade. The response times in all categories improved, particularly in code 1. The average response time of 12 minutes and 14 seconds was 26 seconds faster than the same period last year.

New ambulance stations in the Yan Yean electorate will, I am certain, indicate to the community that we support them and we support the paramedics, and I am sure that response times will continue to improve, because saving seconds on ambulance response times saves lives. We are seeing significant investment from the Andrews government in our health, police, emergency services across