A recent national survey revealed that less than 5% of Australian school students know about the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which is hardly surprising as the majority of our schools are in metro areas and do not rely on our services.
It is important that our next generation of children learn about our Australian history, but most importantly are educated on RFDS aero-medical services for those that live, work and travel through the Australian outback.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Education Program, Look! Up in the Sky, offers schools in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales an interactive and engaging excursions featuring our aeromedical simulator.
Look! Up in the Sky is a comprehensive educational resource which has been written by a team of practising and registered teachers for Primary school students.
Resources for Kids
The Look up in the Sky! Program has extensive resources for kids from Grade 2 through to Grade 6, including videos, games, lessons and more.
Resources for Teachers
The Look up in the Sky! program is rich in history and geography resources for teachers in Australian primary schools, and aligns with the Australian curriculum.
In Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales there is an RFDS educational program that brings a full-size aircraft simulator to visit schools and teach students about the the Flying Doctor's role in keeping country Australians healthy. The Aeromedical Simulator is a life-sized replica of a Flying Doctor plane. It is fully equipped with stretchers, communications equipment, oxygen, suction and the medical equipment used by the doctors, nurses and pilots of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Students will hear stories, land a plane in the outback, rescue a patient and most importantly, climb on board, strap themselves in and enjoy this unique experience.
The Look! Up in the Sky education resource is multi-faceted, relevant and focuses on the key learning areas in the Australian Curriculum.
Our interactive website has an online workbook allowing students to work online, as well as communicate directly with their teacher via the site. Teachers can do all or part of the resource – it's up to the individual teacher to work out how it fits into their curriculum! It's FREE to register and FREE to use.
Contact these states directly through the General Enquiries line, to see if they can visit your school.