If elected, a Liberal-National government is promising to provide Hatzolah Melbourne with $3.3 million over the next five years for equipment, technical upgrades, including training of 30 emergency medical first responders, 20 emergency call-takers and dispatchers, and a full-time paid clinical instructor to ensure the excellence of the responder group during the expansion phase.
The announcement was made exclusively to The AJN on Wednesday, with leader of the Liberal Party Matthew Guy stating, “Hatzolah does an outstanding job with limited resources, we want to almost double their resources … this huge injection will give not just the Jewish community but the broader community in [and] around Glen Eira, Stonnington a great new resource, and we are very proud to support such a wonderful organisation.”
Shadow Minister for Health Georgie Crozier said supporting Hatzolah was another part of the Liberals’ and Nationals’ plan to fix the health crisis. “Backing local health solutions is the best way to support communities and ensure Victorians get the healthcare they need, when they need it.”
Deputy Liberal Leader and Caulfield MP David Southwick said this commitment would usher in a new era for a community institution. “Hatzolah Melbourne occupies a special place in the community’s heart. Our plan is for a stronger Hatzolah and a safer community.
“Hatzolah is a community success story, driven by dedicated volunteers and brilliant staff. I am proud to be standing beside them and investing in their future.”
Chevra Hatzolah general manager Leon Landau welcomed the announcement, saying it will have a significant impact on the quality and timeliness of emergency care for patients, and much-needed support and resources for Hatzolah Melbourne’s team of dedicated volunteers and staff.
Hatzolah Melbourne is a volunteer-based community emergency response team, operating under the clinical guidance of Ambulance Victoria.
Hatzolah responds to an average of 1500 emergency calls per annum from all corners of the Glen Eira, Port Philip, Stonnington and Bayside communities. With an average response time to cardiac arrests of under four minutes from dispatch, Hatzolah plays a critical role in the local emergency response system.