21 June 2024

The Allan Labor Government is boosting critical health infrastructure in Melbourne’s south east, with a new ambulance station set to be built in East Bentleigh.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today announced that the project’s builder, McColl Smith Projects, has been appointed to construct the new, multi-million-dollar station – providing its hardworking paramedics with a safe and modern home-base they need to deliver critical care to the local community.

The new station will feature a four-bay garage for ambulances, four rest and recline areas for paramedics to recuperate, training facilities, a fully equipped kitchen and secure car parking to keep paramedics safe.

Located on the Moorabbin Hospital campus near the corner of Gardeners Road and Centre Road, the new East Bentleigh Ambulance Station will provide ease of access to main roads and major sites including health services, schools, shopping precincts and community facilities.

The location has been carefully selected to ensure paramedics respond faster to emergencies across Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs including Bentleigh, East Bentleigh and Moorabbin.

Construction is expected to start in the coming months, with completion slated for 2025.

Once complete, it will be one of more than 40 new or upgraded ambulance stations delivered since 2014 as part of a $279 million investment that is providing better working conditions for paramedics and ensuring lifesaving emergency care is available for all Victorians, no matter where they live.

The project is being delivered with the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) in partnership with Ambulance Victoria.

The Labor Government is also delivering record investments to support and grow Victoria’s workforce – investing more than $2 billion in the past decade to strengthen ambulance services and double the size of the on-road paramedic workforce to what is now the largest in Australia.

This includes establishing a new Centre for Excellence in Paramedicine, in partnership with Victoria University, funding to employ and train 40 more Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedics, and rolling out of a innovative new Paramedic Practitioner course in collaboration with Monash University.

The Victorian Budget 2024/25 builds on this investment with an additional $146 million over four years to ensure Victorians continue to ace the care they need, when they need it, while also easing the demand on paramedics.

This investment includes continuing to support 22 Medium Acuity Transport crews, Ambulance Victoria’s Secondary Triage service, our network of Priority Primary Care Centres and the Timely Emergency.

Quote attributable to the Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“A new ambulance station at East Bentleigh is going to make a significant difference to the wellbeing of our paramedics, while ensuring locals can get the life-saving care they need when they need it.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Mary-Anne Thomas

“We are making sure paramedics at East Bentleigh have the fit-for-purpose ambulance station they need to keep them safe and help them do what they do best – save lives.