27 May 2015 ,  —


International SOS and Tropicair have formed an alliance, creating the largest skilled and responsive medical evacuation service in Papua New Guinea. The expanded capabilities of the providers deliver faster access to quality medical evacuation services and, consequently, improved health outcomes for people across the country.
Tropicair PNG
The partnership increases both the capability and capacity of aero-medical evacuation services in and around  Papua New Guinea, combining International SOS’ 20 years of international standard aero-medical expertise in Papua New Guinea with Tropicair’s local fleet of nine aircraft, including a new Twin Otter that can access airfields as short as 650m.

A signing ceremony was held in Port Moresby on Wednesday and was attended by Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Andrew Robb.

International SOS Regional Managing Director, Michael Gardner said:

“I am delighted to announce the strengthening and formalisation of the partnership between International SOS and Tropicair in Papua New Guinea. 

Together our extensive experience will ensure that people in Papua New Guinea and the surrounding region have access to the most rapid and professional air ambulance and medical assistance services available.

Our clients operating in Papua New Guinea can be confident they are fulfilling duty of care to their employees with our improved capability to medically evacuate people from the most remote areas of the country, and transfer them to either Port Moresby, Australia or further afield depending on the required treatment

We chose to partner with Tropicair because of its excellent reputation and capabilities. Tropicair shares our values of improving the health and safety of people in Papua New Guinea and surrounding areas, and our commitment to providing the highest standard of services.”

The partnership with Tropicair will further complement International SOS’ substantial resources in Port Moresby, which include two medical clinics, training services, medical response and evacuation teams. 

International SOS have more than 350 medical and operational staff on the ground in Papua New Guinea, 86 percent of which are Papua New Guinea nationals.  

International SOS has operated in Papua New Guinea for 20 years, providing medical services for Australian and International corporations, NGOs, Governments and Education institutions. These services include world class primary and emergency medical care, medical evacuation, public health and community health programs, as well as malaria control, occupational medicine and first aid training. 

Outside of the Papua New Guinea government we are the largest employer of Papua New Guinea medical professionals and have trained and developed over 500 national medical staff.

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