Stories

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

Picture of Fiona and her family

"You have to plan more if you're on a station," says Fiona. "I have to leave and go to Broken Hill when I'm four weeks from giving birth. They say to leave three weeks beforehand, but both my kids were early so I'm going four weeks out!"

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"Having access to a GP service through a clinic can mean early detection, and treatment," says Alison. "This can save lives in remote communities, as well as avoid emergency retrievals which can occur if things go untreated to the point that they escalate."

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"I'm so blessed though, I've had a great life and I've been very lucky."

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"We got to Kazakhstan and were thinking the roads weren't going to be too bad," said Sam. "But the roads over here have potholes, which if you drove into, I don't think you'd get out of."

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The biggest challenge these children face is isolation. Satellite lessons and online tutorials are important tools but children need to socialise with each other. A web chat is not the same as kicking a football around with their mates.

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"If someone asks me about the Flying Doctor I tell them what happened to Adam. I never ask for money but it doesn't take long for them to reach into their pockets. After all, where would Australia be without the Royal Flying Doctor Service?"

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