New Base At Broome Airport For Royal Flying Doctor Service

New Base At Broome Airport For Royal Flying Doctor Service

Western Australia Minister for Health John Day

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

Patients To Benefit From Remote Transport Boost

Victor P Taffa

  • $67.39 Million towards Country Patient Transport Project
  • Two new and two replacement Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft
  • Support for regional ambulance services
  • Made possible by Liberal National Government’s Royalties for Regions program

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) will get two new and two replacement aircraft, and a new Broome base as part of a $67.39 Million Liberal National Government Royalties for Regions investment in the Country Patient Transport Project announced today.

Health Minister John Day said the RFDS provided a vital health link for people living in remote areas of Western Australia and the Broome base and two new aircraft would allow it to continue that service.

 

WA Minister for Health John Day

WA Minister for Health John Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Transporting more than 9,000 patients a year, the RFDS provides a vital health link for people living in remote areas of WA and the recently opened Broome base and two new aircraft will help it meet growing demand.” Mr. Day said.

“The RFDS is contracted by the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) to provide inter-hospital transfers for regional West Australians, a service which is critical for access to emergency care for rural patients.”

“Over the past 6 years, transfers have grown by about 5% a year and performance targets have improved despite increasing pressures on the service.”

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said enhancing the delivery of sustainable services was vital to meet current and future needs of regional communities.

“Under this initiative, $8 Million will go to the WA Country Health Service supporting ambulance services in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.” Mr. Redman said.

“This funding will also allow the St. John Ambulance community paramedic program to continue recruiting and training volunteers at 22 centres across regional WA.”

 

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Patient Assistance Travel Scheme (PATS) will also receive $32.23 Million to meet the treatment needs of eligible patients who need to travel away from home for treatment.

Fact File

  • $195.58 Million Country Patient Transport Project includes:
  • $67.39 Million from Royalties for Regions
  • $79.51 Million from the WA Country Health Service
  • $48.68 Million from the RFDS
  • Royalties for Regions funding includes:
  • $23.16 Million to establish an RFDS base at Broome International Airport
  • 2 extra and 2 replacement aircraft
  • $4 Million will go towards funding flight and medical crew for these aircraft
  • PATS assists about 36,000 regional patients with transport each year