Strong support for aeromedical station

MATS steering committee chair Dianne Mullins, Mixed Probus Club past president Ross Fitzmaurice and steering committee treasurer Ken Calder attended a MATS information evening.

The Maryborough Aeromedical Transfer Station (MATS) steering committee is reassuring residents the project is gaining momentum and well underway.

Now that the Maryborough Ambulance Auxiliary centenary celebrations are concluded, the focus is now directed towards establishing the MATS, which will assist the improvement of health outcomes for Maryborough and the surrounding area.

Once complete, the transfer station will provide a safe and secure environment where patients from Maryborough and district communities can be treated and transferred quickly from a road ambulance to an emergency aircraft ahead of transport to specialist hospitals.

Ambulance Victoria CEO associate professor Tony Walker said there was an increasing need for this type of facility across the state and several similar projects were already operating successfully in other regional centres.

“Just as it did 100 years ago, the Maryborough community has come together in an outstanding show of community support for the ambulance auxiliary and I am fully confident that it will not be long before this project becomes a reality,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, September 21.

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