As a Mental Health Clinician, Niamh Gallagher is a member of a growing team at RFDS Central Operations.
Originally from Ireland, Niamh moved to Australia six and a half years ago and began working with the Flying Doctor seven months ago.
“I’d read about the RFDS online and thought it sounded like a brilliant way to travel around Australia while doing what I loved,” Niamh said.
“So many people go on about their purpose in life and I feel mental health is obviously mine. I believe you can do so much for people through simple gestures and kind words.”
As the RFDS Mental Health team expands, so does its capacity to visit more towns and reach more patients.
The team provides confidential support to people struggling with family and work issues, drought and isolation. Late last year, the team visited Andamooka for the first time.
“My colleagues and I are constantly inspired by the resilience of the people we meet, especially when we learn about how much they’ve overcome. It feels very different to working in metro areas.
“My family has seen the old ‘Flying Doctors’ show on Irish TV. I’ve told them that not every day is like the show, but my own RFDS experience so far has been an amazing journey.”