Graphic: Governor General of Australia
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Retired)
"Australia is a vast land, and for many Australians the nearest doctor can be thousands of miles away.
"The Royal Flying Doctor Service does a magnificent job in providing medical services and support to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote areas. It has for so many years written a proud history of help brought and lives saved. It is one of the most iconic Australian institutions. It is truly a valuable service to the health of our nation. It deserves the ongoing whole-hearted support of us all."