Tag Archives: Outback

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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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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Bridging the Outback dental gap

In the small NSW Outback community of Collarenebri a trip to the dentist used to be governed entirely by whether you had access to a car. The nearest dental service at Walgett, about 80 km away, is operated by the … Continue reading

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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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Snakebite scare on family picnic

Five-year-old Jack Purvis is lucky to be alive after he suffered a vicious snake bite while playing with his sister by the river at Nyngan, a small town in central New South Wales. Jack’s parents were picnicking at a party … Continue reading

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Holiday of a lifetime

For Deirdre Haywood and her husband, Brian, it was to have been a holiday of a lifetime. It began with a caravan odyssey through Central Australia last year, followed by a spectacular cruise up the Kimberly Coast. Then a leisurely … Continue reading

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