Phillip Chalker

#71 Philip Chalker and his seeing-eye dog Sally chat with the Flying Doctor podcast

Date published

06 Nov 2023
Phillip Chalker

Flying Doctor Podcast #71:

In the latest episode of the Flying Doctor Podcast, we introduce you to Phillip Chalker, a resilient individual living with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) who exemplifies the transformative impact of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). 

RP has left Phillip with limited central vision, making everyday tasks a challenge. 

Through the RFDS, he has accessed essential healthcare services, bridging the gap for individuals with unique challenges.

Phillip with Sally

Phillip's life is a testament to resilience. 

Growing up with RP, he faced not only the limitations imposed by his condition but also bullying from peers. 

Despite these challenges, he chose to attend regular schools, proving that he could excel in his studies and refusing to be treated as "special." 

Phillip's response to bullying was filled with humor and positivity, shaping his character and empowering him to overcome obstacles.


Not only is Philip an advocate for individuals with disabilities, but he also reaches out to explore the intricacies of services like ours.

His curiosity led him to inquire about the policies regarding seeing-eye dogs on board the Flying Doctor planes, and he found that these loyal companions are indeed welcome. 

If you wish to discover more about Philip and his passions, you can explore his website at

His journey is a source of inspiration and a reminder that challenges can be conquered with the right support and an indomitable spirit. Listen to the full episode below -