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More than 300 Aero-Medical Evacuations in the Oil & Gas industry in West Australia

PROJECT

West Australian Resources Aero-Medical Evacuation Service (WARAME)

BACKGROUND

Aspen Medical has been contracted by a number of multinational Oil & Gas companies to provide complete Aero-Medical Evacuation (AME) services across West Australia (WA).  Our AME service supports the industry with a comprehensive health logistics solution that integrates a range of fixed wing, rotary wing and transport assets.  Each of the company’s aircraft is fitted with an Intensive Care Unit and accompanied by highly-qualified medical and air crews. Coupled with hospital facilities, we ensure improved patient outcomes in these remote and challenging locations. 

The goal is to transfer an injured worker from the remote work site to a hospital as quickly and safely as possible. The growth of this industry has placed enormous pressure on the service. Oil & Gas employees have increased from 3,200 in 2009 to 17,860 in 2013 thanks primarily to new construction and production programs on the North West Shelf of WA.  Since the contract began, more than 300 Oil & Gas company employees have been safely evacuated and moved to hospitals in WA. 

In this rapidly growing sector being able to accurately plan in advance for the volume of their medical needs, aviation assets, infrastructure and equipment has become an essential ingredient to ensure continued improvement to patient outcomes and in some cases, patient survival.

To this end, we contracted the University of Adelaide's Mathematical Modelling team to develop new software - Predictive Modelling Decision-Making Tool - which primarily assesses at what point there might be insufficient aviation and medical assets, air crew, medical crew, infrastructure etc. to meet a patient requirement for evacuation and therefore have significant impact on the patient’s health outcome. The software modelling tool takes into account a large range of variable factors such as air crew duty limitations, inclement weather, parallel and serial Aero-Medical Evacuation tasking, aircraft scheduled and unscheduled maintenance etc. to assist in predicting the requirement for us to increase our aviation and medical asset pool to accommodate the growth on the NW Shelf.

CHALLENGES

  • Remote and challenging environment
  • Multiple customers with competing demands
  • Integration with local health services
  • 24/7 AME capability
  • Rapidly growing sector and therefore working population