Budget boost supports additional ambulance staff in Coen

Residents of Coen and surrounding areas who need emergency pre-hospital care will be better serviced following a boost to Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) staff numbers in the region.

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the fantastic work of local ambulance officers is vital to the health and wellbeing of Coen residents.

“Our record $885.7 million QAS budget has been boosted $85.4 million on the previous year, an increase of 10.7 per cent, allowing extra staff to be deployed to the Torres and Cape Local Ambulance Service Network,” Ms Lui said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is focused on improving patient care in the regions, and doing this by creating new jobs in our communities.”

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the government was delivering on its commitment to provide better healthcare for all Queenslanders.

“Coen will receive an additional advanced care paramedic, which will significantly improve health services for the local community,” Mr Miles said.

“I’ve been working closely with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to ensure rural areas like Coen get more frontline staff, so people in need of an ambulance are getting the best care possible.”

Ministerial Champion for Coen, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick, said the additional officer meant Coen would be upgraded from a field office to a Category-2 station.

“This means Coen will now have a full-time paramedic all-year-round, not just during certain times of the year as it currently stands,” Mr Dick said.

“Our budget investments are delivering for every part of Queensland, and this announcement is further proof of that.”

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