Belmont, Perth,
20
July
2012
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05:17
Australia/Perth

Broome ambulance service gets $5m for new sub centre

Broome and other North West residents will be the major beneficiaries of a planned new $5 million St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA) sub centre. SJAWA Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern welcomed today’s announcement that the Commonwealth Government would grant $2.5m to help build the sub centre, comprising training rooms, a regional office and ambulance garage.
“We are delighted that our grant application has been successful,” Mr Ahern said. “In partnership with State Government, who will contribute $2m, and our contribution of $500,000, Broome will have a modern facility with increased capacity to run our services and programs.” 
Mr Ahern said the roll out of a new Broome facility was part of SJAWA’s plan to increase resources in the regions and deliver better patient outcomes.
“We are doing this in a strategic way to improve the quality of ambulance services in all WA regions,” he said. “The new sub centre will house the North West Regional Office and this will provide additional support to our volunteer sub centres in the North West, as well as support for the six Community Paramedics operating in the smaller communities. It will also allow SJAWA to increase its support of volunteers and grow its volunteer base, which is absolutely vital to maintaining services in the region. Our workload is increasing in Broome and we need more volunteers to make the most of this new community resource.”
The Shire of Broome has already approved the building application and the project should be completed by the middle of 2013. The land is being leased from the Shire on a peppercorn lease.
 

Newsfacts:
  • Planned new $5m St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA) sub centre
  • Mix of Commonwealth, State and St John Ambulance funding
  • Improving the quality of ambulance services in WA
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