Australia funds emergency medical helicopters

Media release

4 November 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the Australian Government will provide funding for CareFlight NSW to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services training to Malaysian medical and military personnel.

Senator Carr said around 150 participants will attend the training including doctors from all Malaysian states, the Malaysian military, a group of physicians from Singapore and a number of UN medical staff.

"Malaysia has approximately 7,000 road casualties a year.

"Many of these deaths are due to delays in ambulances reaching serious accidents and providing emergency medical treatment.

"Australia will fund specialised training in medical and rescue equipment and helicopter emergency medical services operations.

"Training will be held at the Royal Malaysian Police Air Wing Unit Training Base, Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh and run for four days from November 22 to November 25, 2012.

"The project is funded by grant through the Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"Australia is strongly engaged with Malaysia in working together to save lives", Senator Carr said.

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