In Focus: Tasmanian volunteer ambulance officers

Volunteering Tasmania is working with Ambulance Tasmania to better understand the key issues and challenges volunteers face when responding to emergency medical situations across Tasmania.

Volunteering Tasmania chief executive, Alison Lai says the project will not only provide Ambulance Tasmania with further feedback on their volunteer management practices, but it will also be a valuable opportunity for their volunteers to share their ideas and thoughts.

“We are committed to understanding what can be done to continue improving the experience of volunteers,” Alison said.

“Volunteering Tasmania will use the information we collect through this project to provide recommendations to Ambulance Tasmania that are based on the feedback of their volunteers and also in accordance with the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.”

Volunteering Tasmania is leading this project so that respondents can provide input confidentially and individuals will not be identified in the final report.

“We are encouraging anyone who is currently a volunteer ambulance officer, or has been involved previously, to complete our online survey,” Alison said.

The recommendations from this project will also be used to complement the initiatives outlined in the Liberal Government’s commitment to invest $800,000 per year into supporting volunteer ambulance officers.

The Ambulance Tasmania survey will be live until the end of April and can be accessed here.