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Minh Le Cong

Retrieval & Transport(Otago),Cert IV TAA
Senior Lecturer ( Aeromedical retrieval), JCU School of Public health
Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences

Medical Education Officer, RFDS Qld

Minh's primary Fellowship training is in Rural General Practice medicine with advanced skills in emergency medicine, adult internal medicine and critical care. He worked as a private rural GP in the Riverland of South Australia for 5 years before taking up the RFDS call.

Minh is currently the Medical Education Officer for RFDS Qld providing governance and coordination for our teaching and training programs across the state.

Minh has worked with RFDS QLD for 6 years, initially for 2 years at Mt Isa base and now Cairns. In that time he has completed his Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport with Otago University and is also currently a Senior Lecturer in Aeromedical Retrieval at James Cook University. Minh holds current instructor certificates with EMST and ALS.
Minh's clinical interests are in emergency airway management, acute mental health care, retrieval medicine and prehospital ultrasound. He is an active GP registrar supervisor and mentor for both the RACGP, ACRRM and RVTS programs.

Minh has strong research interests and recently published peer reviewed articles on emergency airway management by RFDS retrieval teams and the use of ketamine sedation on agitated patients with a psychiatric illness requiring aeromedical retrieval. His current research interests are the study of the aeromedical risk of tuberculosis transports in Far North Queensland and the role of noninvasive capnography in the aeromedical setting.

In Minh's own words:

Before the RFDS I worked as a rural GP and I frankly believe that rural general practice is the ultimate learning environment for becoming a true generalist doctor.
I have been on both ends of the phone, as someone requesting a retrieval and now as someone tasking and conducting the retrieval. I believe that in retrieval medicine it is important to have experienced both these roles.

As RFDS doctors many of us actually also work as GPs in the remote areas in which we have the responsibility to provide aeromedical retrievals/evacuations. This is the tradition of the RFDS stretching back to 1928, providing a mantle of safety first and foremost.
Current models of retrieval delivery increasingly emphasise the input of specialist consultation early in the retrieval tasking. Yet while we bring that specialist knowledge it will never replace knowing your area, its people and their problems. And that is where at RFDS we excel.

Minh is married to Shelley, also an RFDS medical officer and they have two small children, Ebony and Joshua. Although originally from Adelaide they have both enjoyed adapting to the tropical climate and lifestyle of Cairns, QLD.