Today we unveiled a ‘flying intensive care unit’ bearing the Senex Energy logo as we announced the renewal of our major sponsorship of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations.
Senex Energy has committed a further $300,000 over the next three years to the RFDS to directly support its 24/7 life-saving operations and the health and well-being of those living, working and visiting rural and remote South and Central Australia. The sponsorship renewal will take Senex Energy’s total support of the RFDS to $600,000 over six years.
“Senex – and the oil and gas industry as a whole – has a responsibility for health and safety for people who live and work in the outback communities where we operate,” Ian Davies, Senex’s Managing Director, said at the RFDS Adelaide Base launch event. “Senex’s continued investment in its own safety initiatives and the RFDS not only provides world-class medical care to landholders and its remote workforce in an emergency, but a better-equipped Flying Doctor benefits the entire community.
“It’s remarkable to think this RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ conducts two flights in South Australia every day – and our board, our management and our staff are really proud to play a role in helping to make that happen,” Mr Davies said.
Senex’s origins in South Australia extend back three decades and the company’s core producing assets are located in the remote Cooper Basin.
At the unveiling of the Senex sponsored aircraft, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said, “The state government is delighted Senex has renewed their substantial support for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
“The $300 000 from Senex to the service over the next three years will make a very real difference to the health and safety of communities.”
RFDS Central Operations CEO John Lynch said demand for the RFDS’ emergency care was not only for ‘traditional’ emergency evacuations from rural and remote areas, but also reflected the growth in the number of patients being transferred between regional and metropolitan hospitals to enable specialist treatment or life-saving surgery.
“On a daily basis the RFDS will aeromedically transfer over 100 patients across Australia– more than 15 of these in South Australia every day,” Mr Lynch said.
“The significance of Senex’s support is that it will reach far and wide – and deliver lasting community benefit.”
Learn more about the Royal Flying Doctor Service https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/sant