Chairman's Address - RFDS (Qld) Services

Date published

20 Nov 2015

RFDS (Qld) Services, for the financial year end 30th June 2015, recorded an operating turnover of $3.17 million in the provision of non-traditional RFDS health services, with a small surplus of $6,876.

The main health service initiatives conducted under the auspices of this commercial division presently includes:

> The QCoal Community Dental Service, which, in the reporting period, provided preventative and corrective oral health services to 16 rural and remote Queensland communities. Since its establishment in early 2013, this mobile dental service has seen over 5,000 patients, delivering over $2million in free dental services with significant support from key corporate benefactor, the QCoal Services Group, more specifically its philanthropic arm – the QCoal Foundation

> The RFDS Charleville Health Clinic, which opened its private practice operations in October 2013, conducted over 7,293 patient consults throughout the reporting period. Our Clinic staff engage with a range of health, community and disability services to provide a private medical practice that is integrated with other services in this south west Queensland communit> Continuation of the strategic collaboration with Australian Helicopters in the provision of on-site medical and evacuation services for the Australian Defence Force during their remote location training. A total of nine training exercises, spanning 125 days, were covered by both a RFDS Critical Care Specialist and Intensive Care Paramedic.

> Commencement of our role as Lead Agency for headspace's Cairns based consortium, responsible for the provision of youth mental health and counselling services in the region. A total of 3,999 mental health consults, 1,314 GP consults and 36 tele-pyschiatry sessions were conducted throughout the reporting period.

> And, in a recent development, the RFDS has been contracted by Santos to provide onsite registered nurse support to its Roma based GLNG project. This agreement is for an initial three year period.

The increasing diversity of these health service initiatives provides further evidence of the RFDS' growing reputation as a trusted service provider to both community and remote area industry, helping to complement our traditionally government funded rural and remote health services.

The Services Company will continue to explore further service provision opportunities in the year ahead, as well as consolidate the performance of the above programs