January 5, 2017


Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard visited Ballarat Base Hospital to announce $2.29 million for Ballarat Health Services to employ extra doctors and nurses to move patients more quickly through the emergency department.

The funding is part of a $50 million package for emergency departments included in the Andrews Labor Government’s record $500 million plan to improve ambulance response times.

“This investment will deliver at least five more doctors and 11 extra nurses for Ballarat’s emergency department at the Base, which will help get patients seen sooner to receive treatment or get transferred to a bed,” Mr Howard said.

“A new ED nurse assessment model will also be implemented, which will move patients, more quickly through emergency, providing greater capacity to treat more patients.

“Labor’s investment in Ballarat’s emergency department will see patients admitted sooner, freeing up ambulances and getting paramedics back out on the road to attend local medical emergencies and save lives.

“While response times are improving, there is still more work to do as every second counts in a medical emergency.

“I’d like to congratulate our local paramedics because it’s thanks to their hard work that people in Ballarat can have the peace of mind that emergency care is close by when they need it most.”

The new $500 million ambulance package is on top of the $144 million investment in our ambulance system funded as part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, which included the $60 million Response Time Rescue Fund to improve ambulance response times.