Aeromedical service LifeFlight Australia has earned EURAMI accreditation. LifeFlight’s fixed-wing fleet is the only service of its kind in Australia and New Zealand to be officially recognised for fulfilling the organisation’s standards and is one of only three to gain accreditation in the Asia-Pacific region.
The EURAMI Standards are created and published by the European Aero-Medical Institute as a guideline and requirement for high quality aeromedical transportation, with the purpose of promoting first-rate aeromedical transfers all over the world.
“Gaining this accreditation is important recognition for LifeFlight’s fixed wing fleet, aeromedical teams and the organisation as a whole. We have always maintained the highest possible standards and having that stamp of approval confirms our commitment to being among the best in the business,” said LifeFlight Australia CEO Ashley van de Velde. “We absolutely support the EURAMI principles that safe, ethical and quality healthcare and transport practices should be the norm and we operate LifeFlight with those beliefs always at top of mind.”
LifeFlight Australia has been saving lives and serving the community for over 40 years, offering Australia’s most diversified service, operating both a fixed wing and rotary wing fleet. LifeFlight crews have helped more than 74,000 people since 1979, delivering rapid response critical care. This includes responding to primary emergency scenes, conducting search and rescues and undertaking hospital transfers.
LifeFlight’s fixed wing fleet consists of four Challenger 604 aircraft which undertake domestic transfers and international repatriation, able to cater for neo-natal, paediatric and high acuity patients.
“The EURAMI audit process was rigorous; a thorough examination of almost every facet of our service from our engineering procedures, to the operation of our 24 hour Communications, Co-Ordination and Control Centre, ” said LifeFlight Group Head of HSSE Luke Peyton. “We were pleased to be part of that compliance assessment process. We were already confident that in many areas we not only meet EURAMI requirements, but actually exceed the measures of assessment. There was a particular focus on the medical services provided by LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine.