Our New Name

"Celebrating the past; embracing the new"

Having been with the service since it began in 1981, it gives me great pleasure to celebrate our milestone 35th anniversary of saving lives with our loyal supporters, local partners, past patients, as well as our crew and support staff working behind the scenes.

Our organisation has proudly served the community for 35 years, providing a vital lifeline to people in need of urgent medical assistance across Queensland. We've come along way since the early days; our crews have performed 44,000 critical rescue missions, we now operate 12 rescue helicopters and three air ambulance jets across 13 locations, and we've become a world-class training provider to aviation and medical professionals across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

After much deliberation we decided we needed a new name to better reflect our growing service and on July 11 2016, CareFlight (QLD) Ltd officially changed its name to LifeFlight

While our name has changed, our purpose of saving lives has, and always will be, the driving force behind everything we do. Giving our patients the opportunity to receive emergency care, no matter the location, is all worth it. It means they have a fighting chance to survive, recover and get back to their loved ones sooner.

The change from CareFlight (QLD) Ltd to LifeFlight is in name only. We remain a not-for-profit organisation and our core mission of saving lives and serving the community, our heart and soul, won’t miss a beat. Our pilots, crews, engineers, medical teams and support staff retain the same purpose and the same passion as always - they continue to work tirelessly to ensure we're ready to help those in need 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

The colours of our iconic blue and yellow helicopters will remain the same and we retain our incredible 23 year partnership with our naming rights sponsor, RACQWe felt a change was also necessary to reduce some of the confusion between our service and CareFlight Limited New South Wales, which has always been a separate charity to ours.

With your ongoing support we can continue to grow and evolve in the future, and LifeFlight will continue to provide a total blanket of care to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

‘CareFlight Limited, a charitable aero-medical organisation based in New South Wales, is a separate organisation, unrelated to LifeFlight, and continues to operate as CareFlight”.   

Ashley van de Velde
LifeFlight CEO

For more information please visit the frequently asked questions section of our website, or phone 1800 630 014.