The RFDS in NSW/ACT
Working in NSW/ACT
The Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section offers career opportunities in a range of positions and locations. Many of our positions are based in regional and remote areas, but we also work from locations in Sydney and Essendon.
We have six bases and a Sydney CBD office. Our people work in areas ranging from medical and aviation to engineering, management, finance, administration, information technology, marketing and fundraising.
We value our people and are passionate about making a difference for people who live, work and travel in rural and remote areas. We promote safe work practices and equal opportunities and offer a range of employee benefits in addition to competitive remuneration packages.
Meet Pilot, Captain Otto Peters
"I joined the service (in November 2007) because I enjoy the flying and working in a team, which is so different from anything else I have ever done. They say that you can't change the world, but you can change the world around you. I think my job with the RFDS allows me to be able to make life in the bush a safer and happier place to be. With the RFDS on hand, nowhere in Australia is remote anymore when it comes to medical help!"
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"The medical side is actually very interesting and it is a challenge to make sure the doctor and flight nurse can achieve their specific goals whilst still achieving mine and carrying out a safe flight at the end of the day."
"When we were at a property recently with no lighting at the end of the day, I had to keep the doctor informed as the sun went down as to how long we had before we needed to take off. It was difficult for them when they had hours of work to complete in 20 minutes of remaining daylight. So we needed to load the aeroplane and depart before sunset and then the medical crew completed their work when we were airborne.
"We then spent the entire flight dodging thunderstorms all the way to Adelaide. A long day indeed! My best patient was a little baby boy that was born on my first landing at Broken Hill! At 2:30 in the morning as I taxied on the runway, I heard the flight nurse calling out, "Push! Push!".
"The hardest thing can be watching the sun set and then 10-12 hours later rise on the same shift. Heading home tired in the morning after being up all night with the warm sun in your face can be challenging.
"The variety is terrific - one day flying a sick patient into Adelaide, the next day flying a clinic around small communities, and the next day doing a medical one urgent emergency retrieval into a remote station that you have never heard of. After almost a year and a half, the job remains very exciting!
"Before I worked for the RFDS I spent five years instructing, charter flying, night freight, and even a little corporate flying. Part of this time instructing was teaching airline pilot cadets for China Southern Airlines. Some of these cadets hadn't operated anything more sophisticated than a bicycle! It was a great experience learning Chinese culture whilst teaching them flying!
"If I could change one thing about work it would be no more night shifts. But then I would miss out on moon rises, sun rises, shooting stars, black nights out the back of beyond, and some of the most interesting jobs we do are also at night! So on second thoughts...
"When I'm not working, I enjoy gardening, music, cooking (preferably with a decent glass of red in my hand) and photography is a lot of fun in the outback too! I enjoy classic cars and playing with my old BMW on my days off. A perfect Sunday morning is a day off with my wife having a good coffee and breakfast in our backyard out in the sun reading the Sydney Morning Herald."