Stories

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

“Even though mum passed away in 2008, I knew she would have been thrilled that I was combining medicine and aviation. With her work as a nurse and love of flying, she had always wanted to work with the RFDS.”

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Beth has left an inspiring Flying Doctor legacy!

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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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The idea was that Flynn would organise the doctors and the planes, but at that time there simply was no way that the vast majority of people in remote areas could talk with one another, let alone call up a doctor when the need arose. Enter Dad, to provide good radio communications in the Outback.

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