Category Archives: A day in the life

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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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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Tim’s time with the Doctor may lead to rural practice

For University of Wollongong student doctor Tim Roach, a 12-month stint in Broken Hill was a ‘fantastic experience’, bringing him into contact with a diverse range of challenges. Additionally, it has encouraged him to consider returning to rural practice after … Continue reading

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Helping people stay well in Wilcannia

The RFDS SE Section conducts three clinics a week in the small Central Darling town of Wilcannia. Held at the multipurpose centre, a GP and other specialists see patients every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The RFDS senior medical officer for … Continue reading

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