Dylan Luders is potentially one of 32 graduates who will hit the road as a paramedic in Logan as part of a push to slash waiting times across the metro south region.

He was inspired to enter the field after watching paramedics help his brother, Mitchell, who died aged 13 after a five-year battle with cancer.

“Once Mitchell was declared palliative we decided his end-of-life would be at home,” Mr Luders said.

“The paramedics who transferred him home really worked to make sure he was comfortable, always smiling, and kept us really informed.

“The paramedics who arrived along with the police on the day he passed away were really caring, looked after him until the end, showed lots of compassion and kept us as the family informed with what was happening.

“I’ve always had admiration and great respect for the paramedics who helped my brother – especially those who tried to make my brother laugh.”

Mr Luder said he chose to turn a “tragic experience” into a career helping others.

“I’m proud to stand on the shoulders of the paramedics who helped me and my family, and I hope to help other families in the future,” he said.

Logan residents can expect faster ambulance response times, with a raft of new ambulance officers funded to hit the road across the City.

$129 million has been allocated to fund 268 new ambulance positions across the state, including 32 for the local metro south health region – more new officers than any other district.

Queensland treasurer, deputy premier and Woodridge MP Cameron Dick said funding for frontline workers including nurses, doctors, and paramedics, had been prioritised.

“We know demand for ambulance and health services are increasing significantly and this investment will help ease that pressure,” Mr Dick said.

Health minister and Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman said Logan was one of the fastest-growing regions in all of Queensland and the government was committed to ensuring our community could continue to access the healthcare it needs.

“The 32 new ambos hitting the road later this year in the region means faster care, and improved response times for Logan residents in their time of need,” Ms Fentiman said.

“I’ve met many of the new paramedics in training and they can’t wait to find out where they’ll be delivering healthcare around the state.

“We couldn’t run our health system without these health heroes, and I thank them for choosing a career on our frontline.

80 of the new roles will be allocated to specialist positions focused on innovative programs, such as the QAS Clinical Hub and the Falls Co-Responder model.

The first quarter of 2024 set a new record with the most Code 1 (the most critical and life-threating) incidents attended in QAS’s history, with a total of 147,886.


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