To many Australians, a CareFlight aircraft in the sky has come to mean comfort in times of crisis. For the critically ill and injured, and for those caring for them on the ground, CareFlight brings hope and help.

Our highly trained doctors, nurses and paramedics provide the finest care possible outside a major teaching hospital. They use specially fitted and equipped helicopters, turbo-prop air ambulances and medi-jets to get their patients quickly and safely to the most appropriate medical facility.

CareFlight patient in King Air

AEROPLANE RETRIEVAL

CareFlight operates a fleet of turbo-prop air ambulances to transport patients between clinics and hospitals and from accident scenes.

The CareFlight planes are a welcome sight to people living in remote locations who would not otherwise be able to access appropriate medical care. They also bring support to remote area health professionals who provide primary health care through community clinics.

CareFlight planes are staffed by a CareFlight pilot, CareFlight nurse and, for high acuity patients, a CareFlight doctor. The highly experienced aeromedical teams provide a ‘flying hospital’ – a patient retrieval service with a hospital standard of care.

CareFlight operates B200 King Airs in the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory. These planes are equipped to carry the most critical patients. They are fitted with stretcher bases, wide cargo doors, loading systems, oxygen and medical equipment. The aircraft can carry two adult stretcher patients and two sitting patients, as well as the aeromedical crew.

We transport patients with serious respiratory conditions, cardiovascular problems, obstetric complications, snake bites and severe burns, as well as people injured in car, motorbike, farm vehicle and aircraft crashes.

CareFlight planes also transport children and babies, including premature babies. The planes can accommodate specialised newborn and paediatric equipment such as neonatal intensive care modules and BabyPods.

Community support means CareFlight can continue to develop and enhance this service so our patients receive the very best care. Please help us make our top-class service even better. Click here to help us today.

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CareFlight operates a fleet of turbo-prop air ambulances to transport patients between clinics and hospitals and from accident scenes.

The CareFlight planes are a welcome sight to people living in remote locations who would not otherwise be able to access appropriate medical care. They also...

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MEDICAL HELICOPTERS

CareFlight has been using helicopters as mobile hospitals since 1986. Initially a rapid response trauma service, we soon expanded our helicopter service to include patient transfers between medical facilities. Today we also use helicopters to serve communities living in the least accessible locations and to rescue people from challenging environments.

Our helicopters are equipped to transport the most seriously ill and injured patients. Fitted with medical stretchers and mobile monitoring systems, they carry specialised medical equipment, oxygen systems, drugs and blood products.

We have an Agusta Westland 139 helicopter based in the Top End, available 24 hours a day. The helicopter is generally able to deliver the medical team directly to the incident site or medical facility. Where a landing is not possible, the helicopter lowers the medical team to the patient by winch. Once the patient has been stabilised, they are winched up into the helicopter and flown to hospital.

CareFlight’s Top End helicopter is also on standby to retrieve ill or injured patients from cruise liners and other ships at sea.

Our BK117 helicopter is used for emergency missions. It responds to trauma incidents, flying CareFlight medical teams directly to the scene so patients can be treated and transported as quickly as possible.

Helicopter operations depend substantially on community support and fundraising. Click here to learn how you can help.

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CareFlight has been using helicopters as mobile hospitals since 1986. Initially a rapid response trauma service, we soon expanded our helicopter service to include patient transfers between medical facilities. Today we also use helicopters to serve communities living in the least accessible...

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patient loading jet

MEDI-JETS

We use medi-jets to transfer critically ill and injured patients to and from anywhere within Australia and the Asia Pacific region. This includes people working in offshore industries, such as on oil rigs and freighters, should they fall ill or be injured.

CareFlight International medi-jets are staffed by a pilot, co-pilot, doctor and nurse. International retrievals can be lengthy, so it is imperative to have a doctor on board in case a patient’s condition deteriorates during flight.

Our extensive experience in managing the logistics of interstate and international patient transfers allows us to undertake the most complex missions. Having our medi-jet operations fully in-house means we are able to optimise availability.

Donations from the community help us fit out our aircraft with life-saving specialist equipment.

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We use medi-jets to transfer critically ill and injured patients to and from anywhere within Australia and the Asia Pacific region. This includes people working in offshore industries, such as on oil rigs and freighters, should they fall ill or be injured.

CareFlight International medi-jets are...

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Integrated capability

INTEGRATED AEROMEDICAL SERVICES

CareFlight is the only provider in the Asia Pacific region with capabilities across the full range of aeromedical services – including helicopters, turbo-prop and jet aircraft – to support our own specialist doctors, nurses and paramedics.

This enables us to tailor any combination of these capabilities to meet the requirements of our patients and clients, positioning us uniquely to deliver effective solutions.

Developed in-house over more than 30 years, our fully integrated aeromedical service brings cutting edge aeromedical solutions. For example, we offer long-distance tele-medicine that links the remote locations or offshore industry to hospital specialists. It means bringing hospital level care to the patient and initiating early treatment with remote specialist oversight while a medivac team is on the way.

CareFlight is also at the forefront in providing aeromedical support to oil and gas operations in north-west Australia.

All surplus revenue generated by providing services for fees goes directly to supporting our charitable operations and the life-saving work we do in the community.

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CareFlight is the only provider in the Asia Pacific region with capabilities across the full range of aeromedical services – including helicopters, turbo-prop and jet aircraft – to support our own specialist doctors, nurses and paramedics.

This enables us to tailor any combination of these...

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Flight nurse with a precious patient in the Northern Territory.

PAEDIATRIC & NEWBORN TRANSPORT

Very sick babies and children need extra special care. We have extensive experience in the emergency transportation of very young, delicate patients.

We provide Australia’s only intensive care helicopter service dedicated to babies and children. The 24 hour service operates in NSW and ACT and flies paediatric patients from local clinics and hospitals to specialist treatment centres in Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra.

CareFlight provides the helicopters and pilots for this service, while Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) provides the doctors and nurses.

This service is funded by NSW Health and community donations.

Flights save children’s lives

CareFlight operates a rapid response helicopter service in the Greater Sydney Area. This service flies CareFlight doctor/paramedic teams to trauma scenes so critically injured children receive specialist care as soon as possible. After on-scene stabilisation, CareFlight transports the children directly to paediatric hospitals.

Read more about CareFlight’s Rapid Response Helicopter Service

In the Top End, CareFlight provides a 24 hour aeromedical paediatric service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. CareFlight doctors and nurses use helicopters and aeroplanes to transport babies and children between medical facilities and from accident scenes. The aircraft are fitted with specialist equipment so the CareFlight medical teams can provide a hospital level of care for the tiniest patients during flights.

Lighter and more advanced aeromedical equipment is constantly being developed to allow aircraft to flyer further and faster. The better our equipment, the more efficiently we can transport our paediatric patients.

Please help CareFlight buy the latest and best so we can save more fragile young lives.

Click here to donate

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Very sick babies and children need extra special care. We have extensive experience in the emergency transportation of very young, delicate patients.

We provide Australia’s only intensive care helicopter service dedicated to babies and children. The 24 hour service operates in NSW and ACT and...

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