The Gibb Challenge is a socially competitive 660km team relay event along the Gibb River road from Derby to El Questro in the Kimberley heartland of Western Australia. The Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Australia (RFDS) is grateful to have been selected as the primary beneficiary for the 2017 event.
Today, the RFDS, Western Australia, assists over 27,000 people through aero medical retrievals and primary health care clinics, and provides advice and assistance to a further 37,600 people through our telehealth service.
The demand for our services is constantly growing with the RFDS receiving close to 40,000 calls for help in Western Australia alone last financial year. We flew over 9,000 patients across our vast 2.5 million square kilometre state and provided many more with expert medical advice over the telephone or radio. On average our medical teams provide ICU level care in flight to 24 patients per day. That’s one person every hour of the day.
The level of demand for our life saving services presents the RFDS with ongoing challenges in not only being there whenever and wherever our patients need us, but also in gaining the necessary levels of resources we need for the future.
By supporting the RFDS, you’ll directly help us deliver emergency medical services and primary health care to those living, working and travelling throughout Western Australia.