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RFDS Engineer Doug Briggs

How a flying school bus started it all for RFDS Engineer Doug Briggs

26 Jul 2024

Veteran aircraft engineer Doug Briggs is celebrating 25 years of service for the Flying Doctor, 19 of which have been in Alice Springs.

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Lee standing in front of his truck.

Saturday night snakebite

25 Mar 2024

For long-haul truck driver Lee, Saturday nights are usually spent behind the wheel on lonely stretches of highway, but one such night in March took a turn, when he had to be flown from to Perth by the Flying Doctor.

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Tom Woodrow

#83 Tom collapsed onto his steering wheel and stopped breathing

23 Mar 2024

Have we become too complacent about snakes? Tom had been parked on the side of a rural road when he stepped out to greet his wife. He felt a small sting or bite on his foot, and bent down to see a small snake disappearing under his car.

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Ella holding baby Lucas in front of prime mover truck.

Ella's outback dash

21 Mar 2024

Ella Reindler is one of very few pregnant women who can say they drove themself to hospital behind the wheel of a prime mover.

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National Close the Gap Day

National Close the Gap Day

20 Mar 2024

At the RFDS we are committed to contributing to the “Close the Gap” campaign to improve both health outcomes and access to culturally appropriate health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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RAP Year in Review

RAP Year in Review 2023

20 Mar 2024

Reporting and reflecting on another year of progress and strong momentum on our Reconciliation Action Plan and looking to the tasks ahead to continue on this journey.

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Paul with colleagues at the awards night.

Clinical Leader of the Year

19 Mar 2024

RFDS WA Head of Nursing Paul Ingram has been named Clinical Leader of the Year at the WA Rural Health Awards.

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Nurse Lisa smiling at a baby in the clinic.

The Flying Nurse

19 Mar 2024

Lisa Killian is an RFDS Primary Health Care Nurse based in Broome. She has lived in the Kimberley and central Australia for the past 14 years, working in a variety of nursing roles.

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Melissa Book

#82 Melissa's muscles melted and she was unable to walk, talk or move

18 Mar 2024

Melissa Domiati went to hospital to have her wisdom teeth removed and was not particularly concerned or worried, but the routine procedure went terribly wrong when she had an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. She woke up two days later, in Perth, in ICU and unable to move.

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Dan smiling with a PC-12 in the background.

Meet Dan Byles

14 Mar 2024

Dan Byles has been the Organisational Resilience Lead for the RFDS WA since 2021.

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Dan in Opal Mining Location in SA

#81 Dan Hamood was opal fossicking when he fell into a mineshaft

14 Mar 2024

Dan, an opal miner, shares his passion for opal mining and the unique gemstones that captivated him. His hobby turned into a life-threatening situation when he fell down a 22-meter deep mine shaft in Coober Pedy.

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Dr Jig smiling in front of a PC-12.

Trains, planes and the RFDS

12 Mar 2024

Doctor Jig is accustomed to working inside the tight space of an RFDS aircraft, but one retrieval saw him treating an unwell passenger within the confines of the iconic Indian Pacific train.

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Meet the Flying Doctor's female pilots

Meet the Flying Doctor's female pilots

10 Mar 2024

To mark Women in Aviation Worldwide Week, we reached out to our female pilots to ask them what their job means to them. Here’s what they said...

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Bella smiling next to a horse

Road to recovery - Bella's story

08 Mar 2024

Bella Howe’s life changed on a wild winter’s day in July 2022. She was a spectator at a dirt bike race in the Wheatbelt town of Brookton when a rider lost control on a jump.

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An RFDS employee speaks with a client

RFDS Victoria Gender Pay Gap Report 2022-23

26 Feb 2024

At RFDS Victoria, our greatest asset is our people. We put people first in everything we do, developing strategies and frameworks to enable individuals to grow, succeed and contribute positively to better health and wellbeing outcomes for the communities we serve.

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Scholarship

RFDS Scholarships Impact

21 Feb 2024

‘A rewarding and life-changing experience’ is how one of our Scholarship recipients described her time with RFDS providing medical services in remote areas.

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