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.
Jan and Peter Wallace will attend the most emotional Anzac Day dawn service there is.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
Deniliquin Police ConFest Operation nets 76 drug detections.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE's student of the year at her graduation this month.
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