MEDIA RELEASE $52m Injection for Rural COVID-19 aeromedical retrievals

A $52.8 million aeromedical retrieval package to support rural and remote communities during the COVID-19 health emergency was announced today

by Federal Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton.  Minister Coulton, making the announcement at the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) base in Dubbo today,

said the Australian Government’s investment of close to $53 million will increase Australia’s aeromedical capacity to evacuate COVID-19 cases in remote areas.

“This package will increase the capacity to evacuate early COVID-19 cases in remote areas and enable a more effective response if an outbreak occurs,” Minister Coulton said.

“COVID-19 is affecting every Australian no matter where they live, and we’re putting in place measures that will support regional Australians to get through this pandemic.

“This package will boost the ability to provide medical evacuations for patients in remote and rural areas across Australia by up to 50 per cent.”  Minister Coulton said of the $52.8 million,

funding is provided for the RFDS to help:

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April 21, 2020

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