Western Australia

Funding support for world first Royal Flying Doctor Service jet aircraft

In a world first, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations will soon have two PC-24 jets providing life-saving medical support across Western Australia.

This will almost halve the time in long-haul patient critical scenarios and deliver an ’emergency ward’ for our skies, with capacity for three stretchered patients and two medical teams.

Western Australia is the most remote health jurisdiction in the world and the introduction of these aircrafts will significantly advance health outcomes for patients throughout the State.

The Federal Government will provide $4.5 million as a contribution towards the $26 million purchase of the two new PC-24 aircraft.

One of the PC-24 jets will be based at the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Broome, while the other will be based at the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Jandakot. The planes are expected to be in service late 2018.

These jets will complement and boost the capacity of the overall Royal Flying Doctor Service fleet and free up existing PC-12 aircraft for intra-regional cases.

Source: Australian Government