Stories

We love to hear and share the stories of Royal Flying Doctor Service staff, volunteers, fundraisers and patients.

A young woman smiles. She is standing next to two horses.

Brooke suffered multiple fractures to her skull, requiring emergency brain surgery over 2,000 kilometres away in Adelaide.

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The mail plane was small. It didn’t fill me with confidence – one engine, one pilot. But he was friendly and made me feel a little reassured. I was 15 years old and heading out to Abingdon Downs Station in gulf country Queensland, to visit my school friend Klancie, and ‘help’ with the mustering.

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If it weren’t for retrieval doctors, I wouldn’t have made it, I wouldn’t have lived. Every time I see someone in that situation, I see that gratitude and it makes everything worthwhile.

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For Cairns Mental Health Clinical Practitioner, John Hannan, no two days in his line of work are ever the same. Flexibility and spontaneity are required to ensure every client seen is helped. This is a day in the life of John Hannan.

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Cruz Prior

“My son knew about the RFDS. He is obsessed with planes... He was thrilled to know he was in a Flying Doctor plane."

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“You don’t realise how remote it is out there until you need help. It was spectacular to watch the Flying Doctor in action.”

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