12 July 2020
Brisbane's New Runway commences operations
Living in a city comes with an expected level of privilege in terms of community services, access to education and medical support. Services that we can take for granted because for most of us it is readily available.
In Brisbane, if we require emergency medical care, an ambulance can reach us in under 15 minutes. Now imagine being in a life-threatening medical situation, knowing that help could be up to two hours away.
This is a reality that many people living in regional Queensland face. Those living in country Australia see a doctor at about half the rate, a medical specialist at one third the rate and a mental health professional at one fifth the rate of those that live in the city leading to a shorter life span cut by two and a half years and up to three times the amount of avoidable chronic illness.
Many communities across regional Queensland rely on lifesaving aeromedical services like the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) for emergency medical care. The RFDS has nine bases across Queensland that have been strategically placed so that no one is more than two hours away from being aeromedically retrieved in case of an emergency.
At Brisbane Airport, we know how critically important this aeromedical support is for the regional community which is why we provide significant financial donations to lifesaving services like the RFDS to support the amazing things that they do for Queensland every day.
Brisbane Airport has proudly supported the RFDS here in Queensland for the past 10 years, donating over $3 million dollars to help purchase vital medical equipment so that the team can focus on their truly amazing and lifesaving work.