Partnership with Royal Flying Doctor Service

Senex has proudly supported the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central operations since 2013 to provide world-class medical care to its remote workforce and landholders in an emergency.

In 2020, Senex extended its total commitment to $1 million with a further three-year major sponsorship. From 2021, the sponsorship will extend into Queensland with a focus on supporting activities through its Roma base in the Surat Basin.

Our investment helps to keep the RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ in the air, covering vast distances to ensure workers, communities and visitors in remote regions have access to world-class medical care when it’s needed most.

Each year the service flies hundreds of thousands of kilometres across South Australia and beyond, performing aeromedical evacuations of critically ill or injured patients and transporting them to Adelaide’s major hospitals for life-saving or specialist care.

The service also facilitates transfers of critically ill patients between Adelaide and Melbourne for life-saving treatment (including organ transplant and newborn heart surgery) and provides ‘fly-in’ GP and Nurse clinics, dental clinics and 24/7 telehealth services to remote communities.

In 2020, the Senex-badged aircraft’s activity included:

  • 420,000km flown throughout South Australia and beyond
  • 912 patients transported to major hospitals for specialist care or life-saving treatment
  • 17 COVID-19 transfers requiring comprehensive PPE protocols and aircraft cleaning
  • 52 country towns and outback locations serviced throughout South Australia
  • Three interstate transfers of critically ill infants for life-saving cardiac surgery
  • 11 fly-in GP health clinics and one dental health clinic to remote communities in South Australia

Senex Energy Learning Potential Fund

In 2018 Senex committed funding for five years to support the education of students in need from regional Queensland through the QUT Learning Potential Fund. Each year, one student will receive a Senex Energy Learning Potential Fund Scholarship. The remaining investment stays in an endowment fund to provide a scholarship each year in perpetuity. Our financial contribution will help finance a portfolio of more than 2,000 annual scholarships to encourage students, including disadvantaged and low-income students from regional Queensland, to study for a degree at QUT.

Watch Senex’s Mick Francis describe his emergency retrieval by the RFDS.