Allianz Global Assistance is today celebrating International Nurses Day, a day of celebration and recognition for one of the oldest and most valued professions in the world.
We thought it fitting to showcase the role of a repatriation nurse and the unique job they do both behind the scenes and on the ground for travellers, at what is often one of the most stressful times in their lives.
AGA Australia is responsible for retrieving an average of one patient per week from around the world and has a dedicated team providing assistance to travellers 24/7 including:
- 16 full time repatriation nurses
- 4 team leaders
- 60 case managers
Additional AGA stats:
- AGA undertakes approx. 65 medical repatriations per year via air ambulances and commercial airlines where a medical escort is required to attend
- Repatriation Air Ambulance from Europe to Australia can cost anywhere between $180,000 – $230,000
Allianz Global Assistance Registered Nurse Team Leader, Brooke Norton said, “The role of a repatriation nurse is extremely unique and sees us travelling to all corners of the world in all kinds of situations to provide care.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than being there to support a patient when they need it most, often just hearing the Aussie accent puts them instantly at ease.
“International Nurses Day is a great reminder to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all nurses around the world.”
Repatriation Cost Examples
|Country||Equipment / staff||Average Cost|
|USA to Australia||Air ambulance + commercial stretcher||$85,000|
|Bali to Perth||Air Ambulance||$55,000|
|Delhi to Sydney||Registered Nurse escort||$15,000|
|Vanuatu to Brisbane||Air Ambulance||$37,000|
|Paris to Sydney||x 2 RN escorts||$65,000|
|Thailand to Melbourne||x 1 RN escort||$10,000|
|Hong Kong to NZ||x 1 RN escort||$21,000|
|USA to Australia||Air Ambulance||$167,000|