The flu season has hit hard and hit early, but our nurses, doctors and paramedics in Geelong have done an exceptional job rising to the challenge.
In the City of Greater Geelong council area, ambulances arrived faster during the June quarter when flu season strikes than the same period three months prior.
The data shows 84.4 per cent of Greater Geelong’s Code 1 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes – also an improvement on the previous quarter, and a testiment to the Andrew’s government’s committment to a healthier Victoria.
The busy flu season has put enormous strain on our nurses, doctors and paramedics. Already, there have been more than 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza across the state, including 10,000 children and more than 70 deaths.
That’s why we’re backing our health services with a record $12.2 billion investment, including a record $2.5 billion in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.
The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its fight against the flu, making the flu vaccination compulsory for frontline staff in hospital wards.
The Government is working with health experts, unions and hospitals on new rules that ensure nurses, doctors and other staff are fully vaccinated against a host of diseases, including the flu.
High-risk areas such as Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and cancer wards will all become areas staff must be vaccinated. Workers who refuse to be vaccinated will be redeployed to other parts of the hospital.
Health workers need to be protected to minimise the chance of passing flu and other illnesses to vulnerable patients, particularly the elderly and the very young, who are more susceptible to major complications.