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About Royal Flying Doctor

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been serving the Australian community for over 85 years. From humble beginnings in 1928, the RFDS now ha

Mercy dash for coma payment

Adam doesn’t remember celebrating his 21st birthday in England, not because he was partying too hard but because the after effects of an emergency operation to remove an abscess on his frontal lobe affected his memory. Quick thinking friends Tom … Continue reading

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School support

Their motto is parted but united, their playground is the Australian Outback and their teachers are hundreds of kilometres away. If you haven’t already guessed it, we’re talking about children who study at School of the Air. There are 115 … Continue reading

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Baby on board

Giving birth inside an aircraft is not ideal—it’s safer on the ground where extra help can be summoned in case of complications—but sometimes nature intervenes, as RFDS Flight Nurse Chris Minchell found out recently. Chris was called to Cobar when … Continue reading

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Rescued from a raging bull

In an odd twist of fate Eliza Middleton was running to raise money for the Flying Doctor just as her sister Adelaide was being airlifted from a paddock near Tilpa, almost 900 km away. Unknown to Eliza, Adelaide had been … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas!

To all our friends, supporters and volunteers, the Flying Doctor wishes you a happy Christmas and a safe New Year. We look forward to catching up with you all in 2014.

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Goodbye Fred

For 27 years, Super King Air 200 VH-MSZ has been transporting patients, doctors and flight nurses from our Broken Hill Base. The aircraft, purchased in 1986, was renamed ‘Fred McKay’ in honour of Rev Dr Fred McKay, AC, CMG, OBE. … Continue reading

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A man who saw a need and did something about it

“I can still hear his voice,” Joy Swan says. “I can still hear him saying he wanted to put a mantle of safety over Australia.” The sprightly Sydney senior citizen was a volunteer letter writer at Rev John Flynn’s Australian … Continue reading

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