Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) has announced a long-term national partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

This major national partnership will assist with delivering better health outcomes to Australians living beyond the reach of mainstream medical services, through financial support and the provision of a fleet of Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X vehicles.

"Isuzu UTE Australia understands the importance of having dependable transportation in isolated and challenging environments and as such, our D-MAX and MU-X vehicles are a perfect match for this sometimes-remote work and the long-distance towing demands of the Royal Flying Doctor Service where reliability is crucial," said Isuzu UTE Australia's Deputy Managing Director, Mr Koichiro Yoshida.

The RFDS is a national, charitable, health organisation delivering primary healthcare and 24-hour emergency services for those that live in rural and remote Australia. Delivering essential health services for almost a century, the RFDS comprises an extensive national network of 23 bases, 79 aircraft and 183 road transport vehicles and mobile clinics, supported by more than 2,300 staff members.

"This new and exciting partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service now enables IUA to support many of our regional, rural and most remote communities by aiding the incredible work provided by the RFDS – and complements our ongoing support of Surf Life Saving Australia that assists and services coastal-based communities," Mr Yoshida said.

A valuable asset and support for the RFDS, the Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X vehicles will be enlisted to tow the Flying Doctor's state-of-the-art training simulators around the country for its schools Education Program and national events program.

"It is important for IUA to give back to those that support us, and so this is our way of saying thank you to the Royal Flying Doctor Service for their tireless service and commitment to our community by helping them educate students at schools and raise awareness and funds at events across the country," Mr Yoshida added.

"As a national health charity, the support from individuals, small businesses and corporations has underpinned critical delivery of primary health and emergency medical services for decades," said Frank Quinlan, Federation Executive Director of the RFDS.

"We are excited about this new major national partnership with Isuzu UTE Australia, as it enables us to keep the Flying Doctor flying, driving, and caring for people across rural and remote Australia. This partnership with IUA will enable us to provide better health access for those that live in rural and remote Australia, and for that we are very grateful."

Support via corporate partnerships such as this from Isuzu UTE Australia help the RFDS to purchase new aircraft, invest in critical infrastructure, upgrade life-saving medical equipment, and deliver essential primary health care and mental health services.

Isuzu UTE Australia will be in partnership with the RFDS for at least the next three years and look forward to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those in need of vital health services in rural and remote communities.

About Isuzu UTE Australia –
Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) was founded in 2008 bringing the award-winning Isuzu D-MAX to Australia and then in 2013, the Isuzu MU-X 7-seat SUV. Despite being comparatively new to Australia, its global network is extremely well established with over 100 years of automotive experience and expertise behind it.

IUA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan's largest trading and investment company, Mitsubishi Corporation with which Isuzu Motors Limited has extensive business arrangements. Isuzu Motors dates back to 1916 and is the world's largest manufacturer of trucks and diesel engines. Producing heavy, medium, and light-duty trucks, buses, passenger vehicle engines, marine and industrial-use diesel engines, Isuzu Motors is at the forefront of vehicle chassis and diesel engine technology.

With a network of over 160 authorised Isuzu UTE outlets across every state and territory in Australia, Isuzu UTE Australia prides itself on providing the highest level of service and support throughout the entire country.

About Royal Flying Doctor Service –
The RFDS is a national, charitable, health organisation delivering primary healthcare and 24-hour emergency services for those that live in rural and remote Australia.

Long known as one of the largest aeromedical organisations in the world, the RFDS delivers health care where mainstream health services are not available, using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology and a broad-reaching ground-service fleet.

Supported by a vast number of volunteers and supporters, the RFDS provides a lifeline for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia, and has been recognised as Australia's 'Most Reputable' charity and 'Most Trusted' charity brand over recent years.

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For further information, please contact:

Allison Bradley
Assistant General Manager – Marketing
Isuzu UTE Australia Pty Ltd
+61 400 940 553