About Aeromedical Society of Australasia (ASA)
The Society had its beginnings in Europe. This is described in the paper 'ISAS Beginnings' which was presented by Gerhard Kugler, one of the 'fathers' of air medicine, to the Society's 2007 scientific meeting in Wellington, NZ (available to read on the ASA website - www.aeromedsocaustralasia.org)
Following the 1985 AirMed meeting in Zurich, members from Australia and New Zealand created an Australasian chapter which has thrived beyond the life of the original ISAS.
In October 2009, agreements were signed with similar organisations in Europe (EHAC) and North America (AAMS). These agreements outlined a shared vision between the Society and each of these two organisations for improving aeromedical care for our patients.
About Flight Nurses Australia
Flight Nursing within Australia has a long and proud history. The first Flight Nurse flew with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in 1945. Since 1938, however, Nurses employed by hospitals were seconded to the role. Traditionally Flight Nurses have worked full time for fixed wing aero-medical organisations as the sole practitioners for the majority of patients transported by their services. These Flight Nurses have been responsible for the establishment of operational, clinical and professional standards.