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Celebrating 30 years of women paramedics in Victoria

16 November 2017

Record numbers of women are choosing a career as a lifesaving paramedic, 30 years since the very first female paramedics hit the road in Victoria.

Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy celebrated the historic anniversary and met Victoria’s pioneering first female paramedics in operational roles.

On 27 July 1987, Andrea Wyatt became one of Victoria’s first two female paramedics in metropolitan Melbourne.

Thirty years later, the paramedic workforce is changing rapidly, women now making up 47 per cent of Ambulance Victoria staff.

“While women have only been in the service since 1987, they have made a remarkable contribution to it – and Ambulance Victoria continues to lead the way in giving women the equal opportunities and support they deserve.” said Ms Hennessy.

Women also fill key leadership roles such as MICA paramedics, team and group managers, and in corporate management.

The Victorian Government promotes diversity, inclusion and flexibility in the workplace, this includes supporting more women to take on leadership roles within our ambulance workforce.

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