Brisbane Airport creates regional aeromedical base

(PHOTO: BAC) Airport Corporation (BAC) is ready to deliver a $72 million Queensland regional aeromedical base which will connect more Queenslanders to major hospitals and life-saving medical care. The 14,470m² multi-tenant facility will be located between Brisbane Airport’s two runways in the airport’s northern compound and will house the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), LifeFlight and Queensland healthcare facilities . It will include new patient transfer facilities, state-of-the-art hangars for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, administration areas and a medical basis for regional transfers of patients and donors.

People in regional Queensland will be assured of better access to medical care over the next decade thanks to a new ten-year agreement between the Queensland Government and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Treasurer and Trade and Investment Minister Cameron Dick announced the additional $334 million in funding for the deal ahead of this month’s state budget. “The Royal Flying Doctor Service is officially recognized as a Queensland Great, and rightly so,” said Dick. “In a state the size of Queensland, RFDS plays a vital role in ensuring that no matter where Queenslanders live, they can access the medical services they need. The logistics and planning required to operate the RFDS are extensive, so today’s announcement provides the certainty the organization needs to meet the future needs of Queenslanders. This future-proof infrastructure allows us to continue to ensure that Queenslanders have access to the care they need, wherever they live. There is also Queensland Government contribution of $60.2 million towards Brisbane Airport Corporation’s $72 million medical infrastructure upgrade, including:

  • $25 million to RFDS and $10.4 million to LifeFlight Australia to support their contributions to BAC’s new Aeromedical Center; and
  • $24.8 million rent advance for state agencies, including QHealth’s Retrieval Services Queensland and QGAir’s use of the facility.

Construction of the new Queensland Regional Aeromedical Center will support approximately 200 jobs and another 220 direct jobs that will bring an annual economic benefit to the state of $100 million. With more than half of Queensland’s more than five million people living outside the greater Brisbane area, the The Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base will play a vital role in connecting and supporting the regions.

Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of BAC, said the airport offers an unprecedented business address with the size and flexibility to deliver special purpose developments. “As the heart of Queensland’s network for patient retrieval and medical transfers, the Regional Aeromedical Base Queensland at Brisbane Airport will strengthen the network of Aeromedical Bases located throughout Regional Queensland. A world-class development like this is not only a reflection of Brisbane Airport’s location and amenities, but also of our ability to deliver the best aeronautical capability through our new runway,” said by Graaff. “Seconds can literally mean the difference between life and death when it comes to aeromedical services. Brisbane Airport was the logical choice for such a facility as we have the slot capacity and can provide the fastest possible response time to get planes and helicopters off the ground and directing them to major hospitals in Queensland. We are very pleased to have Queensland Health, RFDS and LifeFlight on board and look forward to working with them on this new facility which will provide essential medical care to Queenslanders who live outside of Greater Brisbane.

Construction of the facility will support approximately 200 jobs and another 220 direct jobs that will provide an annual economic benefit of $100 million. The Queensland Aeromedical Base is expected to be completed in April 2024.

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