Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Seven New Ambulances For The Kimberley
Victor P Taffa
Derby is one of three Kimberley towns set to receive new ambulances under a $26.1 Million cash injection into regional emergency healthcare in the latest State Budget.
Health Minister Kim Hames today visited Derby Hospital and met with local ambulance service staff to discuss the new ambulances.
The additional resources are part of a broader $150 Million boost to ambulance services across Western Australia, which includes $26.1 Million provided under the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
“I am very pleased to be able to see first-hand how these new ambulances for Derby will assist people living in the Kimberley to receive emergency health care.” Dr. Hames said.
The Minister said seven ambulances would be split between Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek, although distribution was yet to be finalised. Funding had also been allocated to improve services in Wyndham.
Pilbara towns Marble Bar and Nullagine will also receive an ambulance, with an additional 25 ambulances being provided throughout the remainder of WA.
“We will also improve support for our volunteers and provide subsidies to Aboriginal communities when they require an ambulance service, which will ultimately improve health care for patients.” Dr. Hames said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls welcomed the opportunity to provide Royalties for Regions funding to ensure the continuation of the service in the North-West.
“This will have an impact on the lives of people living in remote WA when they are at their most vulnerable, when they are sick or injured.” Mr. Grylls said.
Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Ken Baston said the additional ambulances proved the State Government was determined to provide emergency health care to people living in remote regions of the Kimberley.
“From speaking to people in my electorate, I know how much this is appreciated by the people living in this region and I congratulate the Government for recognising this important service.” Mr. Baston said.