Royal Australian Air Force mass patient Aeromedical evacuation capability

Cameron Brockel

Abstract:

Introduction: The Royal Australian Air Force offers a unique capability in support of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations.  It is the only mass evacuation capability within Australia’s area of interest and has been used on a number of occasions in support of a Whole of Government response to various disasters within Australia and abroad.

Objectives: This presentation will examine the lessons learnt from Bali; the development of current RAAF Aeromedical Evacuation capability; examples of recent mass evacuations such as OP YASI ASSIST and the evacuation of Cairns Base and Private Hospitals, OP QUEENSLAND FLOOD ASSIST and the evacuation of Bundaberg Hospital, and the support provided to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam and Nepal after the devastating earthquake; and the way forward for future AME capability.

Conclusion: Within Australia and its regional of interest the Royal Australian Air Force offers a unique capability for mass patient aeromedical evacuation.

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