October 13, 2017

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Pilatus PC-12 aircraft (VH-FXN) badged with the Senex Energy logo is currently in operation throughout South Australia.

Senex committed a further $300,000 over the next three years to RFDS Central Operations at the beginning of 2017, and since then VH-FXN has conducted a total of 537 aeromedical evacuations of critically-ill or injured patients throughout South Australia to major Adelaide hospitals for life-saving or specialist care. This includes five interstate transfers of critically-ill patients to Victoria for treatments such as cardiovascular surgery on newborn babies.

More recently, the Senex-badged aircraft was utilised for an outback emergency. It was carrying the first RFDS team to respond to an Adelaide man who had suffered severe burns after falling into a hot artesian bore near Mungerannie in the South Australian outback, 800 kilometres north of Adelaide. The aircraft was already flying in the region to deliver a scheduled fly-in GP health clinic when the alert was raised. The crew spent almost two hours stabilising the patient on the ground while a second RFDS aircraft with a MedSTAR retrieval team on board departed the RFDS Adelaide base to evacuate the critically-ill patient and subsequently transfer to the Burns Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Senex was pleased to hear the patient survived, but has a very long road to recovery.

Senex Energy is proud to directly support the RFDS 24/7 life-saving operations and the health and well-being of those living, working and visiting rural and remote South and Central Australia, and positive outcomes such as these reinforces this vital service.

Read more about our partnership with the RFDS