MERC 2019 Charities

Burns are a global health issue and a chronic disease. They can devastate individuals, families and communities due to the physical, psychological, financial and social impacts of the injury and it profoundly affects quality of life.

The Fiona Wood Foundation has a vision of delivering scarless healing, in mind and body, to all those affected by burn injury.

Spearheaded by Professor Fiona Wood AM, our objective is to return our patients to their pre-injury quality of life. We do this by facilitating clinical and scientific research that is driven by population health, data and innovation across the continuum of the patient journey.

We bring science to the bedside translating our research and knowledge into best practice for patient care and innovation in health.

The Fiona Wood Foundation is an independent not-for-profit that facilitates the work of world class researchers and practitioners, and engages the support of our generous community who enable us to strive for excellence in burns care for WA and beyond.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has shared a long history with Western Australia’s mining industries and communities by ensuring mine site workers and their families in the regions have access to 24 hour emergency aero medical retrievals and essential primary health care services.

In Western Australia, the RFDS employs an integrated fleet of 16 PC-12 turboprop aircraft and two Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jet aircraft which puts time on our side for saving lives across more than 2.5 million square kilometres of the state.

Each RFDS aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art aero medical equipment and essentially serve as Intensive Care Units in the sky. Our frontline team of pilots, doctors and flight nurses are highly trained to react and respond to a wide range of time-critical medical emergencies.

Providing life-saving aero medical care, hospital transfers, medical chests, telehealth consultations, primary health care services and answering more than 50,000 calls per year, the RFDS plays a vital role in Western Australia’s health and emergency services infrastructure.

The RFDS is a not-for-profit charitable organisation which relies on government, corporate and community support to sustain its services and provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to all who live, work and travel across the state.