LifeFlight elevated to ‘Queensland Greats’ list

LifeFlight elevated to ‘Queensland Greats’ list

17-Jun-2024 Source: LifeFlight

Leading aeromedical organisation LifeFlight has officially joined the list of ‘Queensland Greats’ after taking out a prestigious award at a ceremony in Brisbane last night. (JUNE 6).

LifeFlight Chair Hon. Jim Elder was presented the Queensland Greats Institution Award by Premier Steven Miles at a gala dinner at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, to coincide with Queensland Day.

The annual Queensland Greats Awards began in 2001 to recognise extraordinary individuals and institutions that have made a meaningful contribution to Queensland.

Mr Elder said the not-for-profit was driven by a profound desire to make a difference in Queenslanders’ lives.

“Every 70 minutes, LifeFlight rescues a seriously ill or injured Queenslander thanks to the dedication of more than 500 highly skilled critical care doctors, nurses, paramedics, engineers, aviation and medical training experts, coordination specialists and administrators,” Mr Elder said.

“Under the leadership and guidance of Retrieval Services Queensland, LifeFlight’s rescue helicopters perform a vital retrieval and rescue function in Queensland – connecting all Queenslanders to world-class, life-saving care. We’re incredibly grateful to the Queensland Government and our partners who have worked beside us on this journey.”

LifeFlight CEO Ashley van de Velde OAM, who started with the organisation as a volunteer aircrewman in 1981, said the award was an acknowledgement of LifeFlight as a Queensland success story.

“As a not-for-profit dedicated to the patient, we are immensely proud to be recognised as a Queensland Great and humbled to accept this award on behalf of everyone who has been on this incredible journey with us,” he said.

“We proudly accept this award on behalf of the 90,000 people helped since LifeFlight first took to the skies with a single rescue helicopter 45 years ago.

“My sincere thanks and congratulations must also go to our team for decades of outstanding aeromedical service.”

The community impact from LifeFlight’s services is significant with every $1 spent equating to a social benefit of $8.20. This means the value to community in the number of lives saved and the economic benefit outstripped the cost of providing the service by eight times.

In the past year LifeFlight helped close to 7,500 people with its advanced fleet of helicopters, ambulance jets and highly trained aeromedical teams.

LifeFlight’s fleet of four Air Ambulance jets and 16 helicopters service Queensland, other states in Australia and abroad. LifeFlight also supports search and rescue efforts across 53 million square kilometres of land and sea for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

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