SAAS MedSTAR provides rapid clinical and pre-hospital trauma care and retrieval services in South Australia, including a dedicated paediatric, neonatal and obstetric service—SAAS MedSTAR Kids.
MedSTAR also provides 24/7 clinical support and advice to country and metropolitan health services and SAAS clinicians.
Services also include emergency transport between hospitals, support in medical and surgical emergencies, disaster preparedness and response, and national and international aeromedical retrievals, repatriation and support.
A range of transport options are used to retrieve patients including:
- emergency ambulances
- fixed wing aircraft (MedSTAR contracts the Royal Flying Doctor Service or jet charter)
- commercial flights
- commercial vehicles.
Special Operations Team
SAAS’ Special Operations Team works closely with MedSTAR and includes highly trained rescue paramedics. These rescue paramedics are trained in high-risk and rescue operations including water rescues, cliff rescues and confined space extrications.
They work closely with other emergency services including SA Police, Metropolitan Fire Service, Country Fire Service and the State Emergency Service.