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Key facts:

Nationally in 2016–17:

  • there were 3.5 million incidents resulting in 4.4 million ambulance service responses to attend to 3.3 million patients
  • recurrent expenditure across Australia was approximately $3.2 billion (or $130 per person)
  • there were 16,980 full time equivalent paid personnel, 6,575 volunteers and 3,178 community first responders in ambulance service organisations. (Community first responders are trained volunteers that provide an emergency response (with no transport capacity) and first aid care before ambulance arrival.)

Ambulance services aim to promote health and reduce the adverse effects of emergency events on the community. Governments’ involvement in ambulance services is aimed at providing emergency medical care, pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care, and transport services that are:

  • accessible and timely
  • meet patients’ needs through delivery of appropriate health care
  • high quality – safe, co-ordinated and responsive health care
  • sustainable.

Governments aim for ambulance services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.

Publication Details
Report on Government Services 2018
Chapter or part:
Part E (Health)
Publication Year: