When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, each passing minute reduces the probability of survival by about 7%-10%, so early access to a defibrillator is critical.
Ambulance Tasmania's Early Access to Debibrillation Program is designed to take advantage of the many publically-accessible defibrillators across Tasmania. Anyone with a defibrillator can participate and you don't need to know CPR.
A copy of the CPGs for mobile devices is now available for download ... see Medical Protocols for details.
Vital Information for Interstate Travellers
If you are a visitor to Tasmania, or if you are a Tasmanian visiting another state, before you travel you should read the important information on ambulance fees and charges and determine whether you need travel insurance to avoid potentially significant out-of-pocket expenses for ambulance transport and other medical expenses.
Ambulance Tasmania provides emergency ambulance care and transport services and a non-emergency patient transport service through a network of 53 urban, rural and remote ambulance stations.
Ambulance Tasmania has a range of salaried staff from highly trained paramedics to ambulance officers and students in training as well as 550 volunteer ambulance officers. Collectively these officers work closely with public and private hospitals and health facilities providers, intrastate and interstate organisations.
Ambulance Tasmania also works closely with allied emergency services, such as Tasmania Police, State Emergency Service (SES) and Tasmania Fire Service (TFS).
Ambulance Tasmania provides both fixed and rotary wing air ambulance services within Tasmania and works closely with mainland ambulance services for interstate patient transfers.
Ambulance Tasmania provides a free service to Tasmanian residents within Tasmania and its islands. The only chargeable cases are those related to motor vehicle or workplace accidents where insurance arrangements cover costs and cases involving veterans where the Department of Veterans Affairs meets the cost of ambulance transport.
The 000 emergency telephone number connects with the 24 hour state communications centre for emergency ambulance response anywhere in Tasmania including the Bass Strait islands. |
All other calls for treatment and transport can be made by phoning 1800 008 008.
|Requests for non-emergency patient transport can be made through 1300 513 997 during business hours or 1800 008 008 after-hours.|
|For administrative inquiries, call 1300 303 196.|