Aspen Medical wins contract to provide AME services in WA
Aspen Medical has re-won the contract to provide aero-medical evacuation (AME) services to seven major oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in North Western Australia. The initial contract is for five years with options to extend for a further four years with 18,000 resources sector employees covered by the service.
The company will provide two aircraft and specialist teams of doctors and paramedics on a 24/7 basis to evacuate ill or injured personnel to medical facilities in Western Australia, Darwin or Adelaide. The service will include evacuations from rigs and other offshore facilities.
“Over the course of the first contract we conducted more than 600 successful medical retrievals for our customers in WA. These were successful due to the very high level of cooperation and coordination between Aspen Medical, our customers and the public health system,” said Dr Andrew Walker, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Aspen Medical.
In 2013 the AME service won an Innovation Champion award from the University of Adelaide for its use of mathematical modelling software to ensure accurate planning and appropriate resourcing for medical evacuations from remote locations. This modelling dramatically improved the efficiency of the AME operation and was one of the first of its kind developed in the world.
In addition to the WA operation, Aspen Medical has recently commenced AME and general aviation services in West Africa. The company has based an aircraft in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, and will provide services across the region including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. National Ambulance, Aspen Medical’s affiliate company in the United Arab Emirates, provides AME services to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf region.