Victorian paramedics are the highest trained and achieve the best cardiac arrest survival outcomes in Australia. Yet they are also the lowest paid paramedics in the country.
That's why up to half of all Victorian paramedics - 1500 - are planning to leave Victoria to practice their skills in other states that have far better wages and conditions, a recent survey found. Victoria pays its paramedics up to 30% less than other states. Victorian paramedics are finding it harder and hard to support their families on their current wages.
An exodus of this many paramedics would have a devastating impact on emergency reponse times in Victoria and put lives at risk.
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