The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and Hospitals Contribution Fund (HCF), Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, have announced a new multi-million-dollar major national partnership to support the health and wellbeing of rural and remote Australians.
At the launch event hosted in Adelaide recently, HCF committed to a three-year major national partnership that will deliver $3 million over at least three years.
HCF Chief Executive Officer Sheena Jack said the partnership firmly aligned with the fund’s vision to improve access to affordable, quality healthcare for their members.
“As one of this nation’s original for-purpose organisations, HCF is dedicated to providing uncommon care to its customers – the same exceptional level of care and attention the Flying Doctor is known and trusted for in every situation,” Ms Jack said.
“Through this major national partnership, HCF is proud to support the RFDS in providing quality healthcare wherever in Australia you may be – both in the case of an emergency and through access to programs targeting primary health, oral health, mental health, Aboriginal health, immunisations, and maternal health.”
RFDS Federation Executive Director Frank Quinlan said HCF’s contribution will help fund life-saving medical technologies and the delivery of essential primary healthcare to every corner of Australia.
“The recent RFDS Best For The Bush report showed that men who live in remote Australia are on average expected to live almost 14 years less than their city counterparts. For a rural woman, the life expectancy difference is 19 years,” Mr Quinlan said.
“We know access to comprehensive care at every age and stage is key to managing chronic disease, preventing hospitalisation and supporting happier, healthier, longer lives. Across Australia, the RFDS assists someone every two minutes.
“The RFDS is honoured to partner with HCF in a shared commitment to our communities. HCF’s support will go a long way to helping RFDS as we remove barriers to whole-of-life healthcare for remote and rural Australians.”
HCF branding was officially unveiled on the RFDS aeromedical aircraft VH-FNH (Foxtrot-November-Hotel, known as “Hotel” to crews). Transporting crews across South Australia, the Northern Territory and occasionally into Broken Hill, Hotel flies over 800,000 kilometres per year and airlifts four patients every day for urgent medical treatment.