NSW Ambulance

Meeting: (From left) Mallacoota community support coordinator Terry Hogue, Ambulance Victoria East Gippsland group manager Deb Ray, Southern NSW zone manager Mark Gibbs, paramedic Chris Robinson, Bega Valley district inspector Bob Whitney, Eden station officer Steve Marks and paramedic Lauren LaSala.

Meeting: (From left) Mallacoota community support coordinator Terry Hogue, Ambulance Victoria East Gippsland group manager Deb Ray, Southern NSW zone manager Mark Gibbs, paramedic Chris Robinson, Bega Valley district inspector Bob Whitney, Eden station officer Steve Marks and paramedic Lauren LaSala.

Paramedics from East Gippsland travelled to Eden on Thursday for a biannual meeting to discuss issues and strategies with Eden’s paramedics.

Mallacoota community support coordinator Terry Hogue and Ambulance Victoria East Gippsland group manager Deb Ray met with Southern NSW zone manager Mark Gibbs and Bega Valley district inspector Bob Whitney at Eden Ambulance Station.

“It’s all about supporting each other,” Inspector Whitney said.

“We discussed changes in protocol, training and upgrading equipment among other issues.”

Mr Hogue said patient outcomes in Mallacoota would be different without the support of NSW Ambulance.

“Each year the relationship gets better and better,” he said.

Dialogue between the cross border ambulance stations has improved over the past 10 years.

Gone are the days when Eden paramedics would arrive at meeting points on the Princes Hwy and receive patients to transport to Bega.

Thanks to greater network support and investment in equipment, ambulances from Mallacoota pick up paramedics in Eden and continue to the South East Regional Hospital.

 “It’s very important that ACOs (Ambulance Community Officers) have the backup support when looking after really crook patients,” Ms Ray said.

“That support and having better equipment gives ACOs more confidence.”

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