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Meeting the challenge to reach people in remote areas

My name is Tracey King and I’m the RFDS senior flight nurse at Broken Hill. I had a call at midnight not long ago to say that a woman in Ivanhoe was about to give birth. Ivanhoe is a small township on … Continue reading

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Double trouble for the Marshall family

For Outback mother-of-two Kerryn Marshall, a drive to the shops or childcare is 50-minutes away in Lightning Ridge. Mrs Marshall and her husband, Sean, have only been on their 7,300ha sheep farm at Goodooga, NSW, about two years. In that … Continue reading

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First year success for Rio Tinto Life Flight jet

When the Rio Tinto Life Flight jet was launched last year, we said it was one of the most significant improvements in services to sick and injured people in remote areas since the Flying Doctor began in 1928. One year … Continue reading

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Stroke, do you have the facts?

In the next 10 years, more than half a million Australian’s will suffer a stroke. Its something we should all have the facts about. The Stroke Foundation has provided a fact sheet with the top ten facts about stroke (see … Continue reading

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Life expectancy is approximatley 17 years less for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

The estimated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population of Australia was around 520,000 in June 2006 (AIHW 2008), constituting 2.5% of the total Australian population. Of these, the proportion who identify their origin as: •Aboriginal only is 90% •Torres … Continue reading

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So you’re going to the Outback!

Unfortunately, up to a quarter of the emergency medical evacuations that we carry out each year are the result of city travellers who get into trouble on their Outback adventure. The Australian Outback offers spectacular scenery and the chance for … Continue reading

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