Ceduna's community paramedic program recognised at SA Health Awards

AWARD: Ceduna community paramedic program team members Phil Forrest, David Jaensch, Prue Hurcombe and Robert Tolson. Picture: Supplied

AWARD: Ceduna community paramedic program team members Phil Forrest, David Jaensch, Prue Hurcombe and Robert Tolson. Picture: Supplied

The success of Ceduna's community paramedic program has been recognised with an award victory at the SA Health Awards last Friday.

The program was named the winner in the 'excellence in strengthening partnerships' category, beating two other finalists.

The work of the paramedics to improve the health management of Indigenous people, working with agencies to deliver health checks and building trust with people who had not previously engaged with health services, was recognised.

Community paramedic David Jaensch said they were pleased to be named the award winner.

"We were pleasantly surprised, all involved with the program were there and we were very pleased with the outcome," he said.

"It's an award recognising partnerships and so it says a lot about the Ceduna community, which we acknowledged in our acceptance speech, that it belongs to the Ceduna community as it's a great place to work and the agencies work well together.

"The collaboration between everyone is great."

The future of the community paramedic program is up in the air, with funding set to run out at the end of December.

Mr Jaensch said the award put the program in the spotlight and highlighted the positive effect it was having.

SA Ambulance Service Far North and West Coast operations manager Robert Tolson said he was excited for the community paramedics and the people who helped get the program off the ground.

"It's a testament to the people who made the project come to fruition and the Ceduna community," he said.

"The program is a fantastic demonstration of regional health professionals working together to provide best care for their patients."

SA Health chief executive officer Dr Chris McGowan congratulated all the winners and finalists for their "dedication and commitment to providing exceptional health care to South Australians".

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