"We love serving the Victorian community, but if these conditions continue many of us will be forced to find work elsewhere."
We're losing our experienced Paramedics
Victoria has Australia’s best cardiac arrest survival rates, but for how much longer?
Victoria’s ambulance system faces a major crisis because we’re losing experienced paramedics.
- Victoria's ambos are the lowest paid paramedics in Australia. In other states, paramedics can earn almost $25,000 more.
- 81% of paramedics surveyed say that there aren’t enough paramedics to cover Victoria’s existing needs.
- 1500 ambos - more than half of the ambulance service – are preparing to quit over the next five years, which will have a devastating effect on response times and clinical standards.
And Premier Denis Napthine is making matters worse. His government refuses to value Victorian paramedics for our essential life-saving skills.
At the same time, the cost of living continues to soar; it is getting harder for ambos to support our families; and we’re falling further behind interstate paramedics.