LifeFlight is a world leader in aeromedical care and Australia's most diversified service with both a fixed and rotary wing fleet. 

We bring emergency, lifesaving medical treatment to seriously ill and injured patients around Australia and the world.

LifeFlight has flown 49,000 critical rescue missions over the past 36 years.



  • More than 49,000 missions flown and lives saved in 36 years
  • More than 50 pilots at the helm of our entire fleet of aircraft
  • 130 doctors and nurses currently employed saving lives all over Queensland, interstate and overseas
  • 2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight air crews, community helicopters, Air Ambulance, doctors and nurses
  • A record number of people received a second chance this year - a total of 5432 lives were saved in 2016-17
  • LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine doctors and nurses treated and transported 4857 patients on board LifeFlight aircraft and other aeromedical retrieval services. Another 395 patients were flown by LifeFlight aircraft with other medical personnel on board.
  • LifeFlight’s engineering team performed over 25,000 hours of scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintenance in 2016-17

From rapid response to inter-facility transfers, our team of more than 400 staff - including aviation crew, support staff and more than 100 doctors - are a lifeline to vulnerable individuals.

We operate 13 rescue helicopters and three air ambulance jets across 12 locations. Eight of these are LifeFlight’s own aeromedical bases.

Across Australia, LifeFlight doctors attend to more than 10 patients every day.

LifeFlight also assists Retrieval Services Queensland with doctors, when required, on fixed wing aeromedical services, including inter-hospital patient transfers performed by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to and from regional centres such as Brisbane, Bundaberg and Townsville.

Our staff are specially trained in pre-hospital retrieval medicine through our internationally recognised LifeFlight Training Academy.

We serve both the community and industry clients, operating a charitable service and ‘profit for purpose’ commercial enterprises that helps fund our charitable activity. Surplus profit from our social enterprises are used to make sure our community helicopters remain on standby 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The organisation’s charitable arm – the LifeFlight Foundation - is a community-based organisation that raises vital funds through a range of different and diverse programs to help support LifeFlight’s provision of aeromedical care across Queensland.

The LifeFlight Foundation’s biggest supporters are the communities we serve, which contribute to almost a third of the much-needed funding to run LifeFlight’s community aeromedical services.