As Victoria celebrates half a century of air ambulance support, the Goulburn Valley has been reminded how important the service is.FIONA BROOM November 19, 2012 4:10am
As Victoria celebrates half a century of air ambulance support, the Goulburn Valley has been reminded how important the service is.
A 63-year-old man crushed by a hay bale at his Cobram farm was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital on Friday with internal injuries.
The farmer is one of thousands who will use Air Ambulance Victoria’s services this year.
The region’s connection with the service dates back to its very first day of operation on May 8, 1962, when Shepparton’s Peter Connell became its first patient.
He was driving home to Yarrawonga from work on the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme to visit his pregnant wife when his car left the road at Corryong and fell 8
He was flown in Air Ambulance Victoria’s first plane to the Austin Hospital.
At an official celebration yesterday at Essendon Airport, Victorian Health Minister David Davis said Air Ambulance Victoria was the oldest medical helicopter service in Australia — and one of the oldest in the world.
Now, Air Ambulance Victoria operates five emergency response helicopters and four fixed-wing planes.
Last year the service transported more than 1800 patients by helicopter and nearly 5000 patients by plane.
One of the five helicopters transports patients who need priority transfer between rural hospitals and specialist services in Melbourne.
‘‘Throughout the past five decades, many tens of thousands of lives have been saved by this world-class service,’’ Mr Davis said.
‘‘I would like to recognise and acknowledge the 64 flight paramedics, pilots, navigators and nurses, both current and past, who have made a significant contribution to Air Ambulance Victoria.’’
Mr Davis said it was also important to pay tribute to the nine flight nurses, pilots and patients who died in two incidents in 1970 and 1986.
Shepparton East people are being invited to play a role in shaping their community.
Yarrawonga’s Bre Elliott played the most “consistent golf of her life” over three days to win the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills by carding a 2-under 69 on the final day.
Heather Donaldson was re-elected president of Tatura Hospital Ladies Auxiliary at the annual general meeting on Thursday, which was attended by 33 people.
BRUCE Mundie claimed top honours in the bridleless freestyle category at the NSW Reining Horse Association State Show in Tamworth over the weekend.
THE 2015 National Blood Donor Week festivities will make the Rochester region Victoria’s new red light district.
Community workshop to consider issues to help form Campaspe digital strategy
Heather Stamp brings a long experience of the Salvation Army to Seymour.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
THEY may be a familiar sight across the Heathcote district, but some of the much-loved birds in the region are in decline.
It was a field of emerald at the Soroptimist International of Cobram Barooga’s annual lunch on Friday, where diners enjoyed the craic at the Irish-themed event.
Deniliquin and district boasted two major winners at the Australian Sheep and Wool Expo at Bendigo from July 17 to 19.
Riverine Plains is set to hold the first in its series of farm walks for the 2015 season as part of its research into stubble retained cropping systems.
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