Australian Aeromedical Service Providers

Operators Overview

Key Facts

Current Title:
Australian Aeromedical Service Providers
English Title:
Australian Aeromedical Service Providers
First Established:
ICAO Code:
Not applicable


Narrative Summary

In land area, Australia is comparable to the United States, but has a population of only 23 million. This low population density, and the large distances between hospitals, means Air Ambulance and helicopter rescue services have become a vital amenity.

From the late 1950s fixed-wing aircraft were being used to transport critically ill patients in remote aereas to larger hospitals. In 1962 a formal Victoria Air Ambulance service was created, chartering aircraft as required to transport patients to hospitals in Melbourne.

In 1971 the first rescue helicopter service was launched in Victoria. This pioneering programme was soon imitated in other parts of the country. The high profile Westpac Life Saver helicopter service started in NSW in 1973. By the late 1970s there were several rescue helicopter services operating and the State Governments started to regulate the service and establish their own units.

One of the largest aeromedical operators in Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is described on another page.

Key Dates

1962 First fixed-wing ambulance service.
1971 First rescue helicopter service launched, in Victoria.
1980 First State-funded service, in South Australia.

Current Status

There are today numerous rescue helicopters located around Australia, providing public aeromedical services. They are funded by state governments, charities or corporate sponsorship.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

Australian Air Ambulances and rescue aircraft and helicopters operate in a wide variety of markings. The helicopters normally display coporate logos from their commercial sponosrs. There are no standard service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft and helicopters carry standard Australian civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

See individual operators.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

See individual operators.

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

There is no central headquarters. The service is provided by individual operators tasked through the 000 emergency phone number system.

Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information


None known


To be added


Emergency Medical Services in Australia Australia Air Ambulances

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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