This page looks at some of the issues Paramedics across NSW are fighting for. This is not an exhaustive list. If you wish to learn
more about any of these issues, or any other issues APA (NSW) is fighting for, please contact us on (02) 9564 3261.
NSW Ambulance has not updated the 'Minimum Operating Levels' since 2010. This means that if the same number of ambulances are on the road today as there were in 2010, the government would consider that sufficient for community needs. Rather than invest in actual enhancements to community resourcing, NSW Ambulance uses funding to shuffle the deck chairs and change work pattern or resource distribution.
The service maintains that these operating levels are sufficient in spite of the Bureau of Health Information demonstrating that:
APA (NSW) is currently at the Industrial Relations Commission working hard to hold NSW Ambulance to account for the safety of all Paramedics, dispatchers and patients. We are demanding that NSW Ambulance commit to MOLs that actually meet present day and future demand. To read more about how this issue impacts Paramedics and patients every day, check out the following resources:
APA (NSW) strongly believes that Extended Care Paramedics provide a vital service to the community, and an important career advancement
pathway for Paramedics. Extended Care Paramedics treat patients at home, providing antibiotics, setting dislocations, suturing. They are
invaluable to communities and hospitals, avoiding distressing and unnecessary trips to hospital . NSW Ambulance continuously fails to
maintain planned ECP numbers across metropolitan NSW. On average, around 50% of the ECPs who are meant to be working as ECPs are rostered on
to do so. The other 50% are utilised to fill gaps in 'general duties' rosters. NSW Ambulance effectively refuses to allow anybody who
works rurally to become an ECP. If a Paramedic successfully applies for an ECP course, they must agree to give up their position in
regional or rural NSW and relocate to Sydney for a minimum of two years. APA (NSW) will continue to fight for a greater investment in the
ECP program, across NSW. Our communities and Paramedics deserve better.
In our submissions to the Regional, Rural and Remote Health Access and Outcomes Senate Inquiry, APA (NSW) put forward 6 key recommendations:
Click here to read our submissions in full: "Patients are dying and Paramedics will soon too if this isn't fixed".