Swoop and Mater Medical Testing in Queensland
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
A new partnership between Mater Group and Swoop Aero will see integrated drone logistics networks begin transporting pathology samples from the Moreton Bay islands to Mater Pathology testing labs.
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Forming Australia’s first drone-enabled pathology collection network, the partnership will allow samples to reach Mater for testing up to six hours sooner.
The network is expected to gather over 80,000 pathology samples each year from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service patients, as well as patients from Stradbroke Island, Russell Island, Macleay Island and other Moreton Bay islands serviced by Mater Pathology, and the Redlands and Hope Island on the Gold Coast. Last year, Swoop Aero began operating in Goondiwindi, Queensland in 2021 to transport routine prescriptions to remote patients.