New community paramedics have started work across the state as part of a plan to reducing demand on hospitals, by treating patients at home, including on the North-West Coast.
The new service will provide an additional 16 hours a day coverage at Ulverstone, with plans to expand the service to Burnie once the Burnie Ambulance Super Station, currently under construction, is completed.
Premier and Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff says the new community paramedics will respond to non-emergency triple-zero calls, treating patients with minor illness or injury at their call-out location, freeing up ambulances to respond to urgent calls more quickly.
Mr Rockliff says Tasmania is the first state in Australia to pilot the programme. based on successful models used in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the USA, predominantly in rural, regional and remote locations.