Can you tell me more about your operation?
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) operates 20 aircraft, with plans to increase the size of the fleet in the future. There are 75 pilots, 99 flight nurses and 61 doctors employed within the Queensland Section. RFDS transports around 11,700 patients a year. Much of this work is what we call inter-hospital transfers, which involves moving people between facilities so they can access better care. Around 10% are known as primary evacuations, which are high-acuity patients requiring urgent transport to better clinical care.
If you’re wondering, that’s about 26,000 flying hours a year. It's a very busy operation, as all of our aircraft are operating all the time. On any given day at three o'clock in the morning, as many as seven of the aircraft may be airborne and evacuating people around the state.