A highlight of the conference, with an important message, is the support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service through the Charity Auction.
Held during the WagyuEdge:Building Integrity conference Gala Dinner, the Charity Auction raises vital funds to support such a worthy cause, as well as contributing to the Association’s Wagyu Fellowship.
The communities of South Australia and the Northern Territory will soon be cared for by one of the world’s first purpose-built aeromedical jets in the RFDS fleet.
The ultimate ‘flying intensive care unit’, the RFDS Medi-Jet 24 packages the RFDS’ signature ICU aeromedical interior and seamless patient loading system with the unparalleled performance and versatility of the new Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet.
“Funded by bequests, our corporate sponsors and donations from the community, the $13 million RFDS Medi-Jet 24 will enhance patient care and help save more lives,” Tony Vaughan ASM, CEO of RFDS Central Operations (serving SA/NT), said.
“The RFDS Medi-Jet 24 will slash the flying time of long-haul critical patient evacuations, as well as provide the capacity to transfer three stretchered ICU patients and four clinicians on the one mission,” Mr Vaughan said.
“Another unique feature of the RFDS Medi-Jet 24 is our custom rear patient loading door with built-in stretcher loader which will further reduce total mission times by the safer and quicker loading of patients and specialist medical equipment,” he said.
The RFDS Medi-Jet 24 is one of only three purpose-built aeromedical jets in the world – one to serve communities through the central corridor of the country from the RFDS Adelaide Base to the RFDS Darwin Base, and the other two with RFDS Western Operations located in Perth and Broome.
Speaking at the unveiling, the SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Hon Stephen Wade MLC, said over the past 90-plus years, the RFDS had become a vital part of life for outback communities and is well-respected by all South Australians.
Following the completion of flight training and crew orientation, the RFDS Medi-Jet 24 is scheduled to commence operational service in June 2019.
The Charity Auction will be conducted online from Monday 6th May and pause at lunchtime Thursday 9th. Bidding will recommence live and online on Thursday night during the Gala Dinner at 9.30pm (Adelaide time). You must be registered with AuctionsPlus to bid.