Australia: Hot on heals of the Inspector-General of Emergency Services Inquiry into response to the 21 November 2016 “Thunderstorm-Asthma” event in Victoria, the public have asked to provide feedback into overall service provided Ambulance Victoria.
In January 2015, after a prolonged industrial dispute with the former State Government, the Victorian Government established an Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee as part of its election commitment to “fix the ambulance crisis.”
The committee released its final report Victoria’s ambulance action plan: improving services, saving lives on 10 December 2015.
The Ambulance Services Act 1986 is the key legislation governing ambulance services in Victoria. The delivery of ambulance care and patient transport has evolved since the Act and supporting legislation were enacted.
The action plan recommended a review of the Act and other supporting legislation, in consultation with key stakeholders and the community. The purpose of the review is to:
- support the operation of a modern ambulance service
- reaffirm Ambulance Victoria’s role as the state’s pre-hospital emergency care and transport provider
- enhance the role of Ambulance Victoria to improve patient outcomes and experiences
- support a sustained focus on community engagement and staff health and wellbeing
- address any scope, policy or operational issues in the current legislation.
The Victorian Government is now seeking feedback from the community on issues and impediments in the current legislative framework that may impact on the delivery of ambulance services. A public consultation paper is now available for comment.
Feedback from this public consultation will contribute to updating the current legislative framework to better align to the requirements and provide the necessary support for the operations of a modern day ambulance services.
The consultation period will be from 2 December 2016 to 3 January 2017.