RFDS aircraft at dawn preparing for flight

In Queensland, the RFDS employs 400 of the most highly skilled professionals, from pilots to doctors, flight nurses, engineers and beyond. They keep 20 aircraft running across nine bases. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, delivering the finest care to over 290,000 people each year, that's one every two minutes.

This fortnightly podcast gives you the news on the latest innovation, success and people as well as offering a behind the scenes look at the day to day operations of our Service & what it takes to keep the doctor flying!

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RFDS Queensland pilot, Nick Tully has been with the service for 6 years.

Routes to the Runway: Episode 1, RFDS Queensland Pilot Nick Tully

In the Routes to the Runway series*, you’ll hear some of our pilot's stories and find out what it's like to fly for the Service.

Charleville Senior Base pilot, Nick Tully grew up on a station between Quilpie and Windorah in Western Queensland & as one of 10 children, the Flying Doctor was frequently called upon.

Nick now flies for the Service in Charleville, close to where he grew up and often flies people he’s known his whole life.

Edwina Stott sat down with Nick to hear more of his story and what it’s like to fly for the Service.

*The rest of the podcasts in this series, will be released in February, so make sure you subscribe on your favorite podcasting app so you don’t miss any of the Routes to the Runway series!

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Architect's layout of the Bundy Base

Building a new aeromedical base for Bundaberg

Every year, the RFDS Bundaberg crew transport almost 2,000 patients and the demand for the Service in the region is growing.

To accommodate this growing need, the shared RFDS & Lifeflight base is being redeveloped in an ambitious project that will see both patients and crew benefit.

So how do you design a building to house both planes and helicopters as well as making sure aeromedical operations are as smooth as possible?

In this podcast you'll hear from the patients & crew who'll benefit & the highly skilled architects who are making this project possible.

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John Flynn on the 20 dollar note

The RFDS story told on the 20 dollar note

The new $20 has innovative security features and tactile markings for those who are blind or have low vision.

Beside the new technology though, RFDS Founder Reverend John Flynn still sits proudly in the centre.

He's been travelling in your wallet for a little while now, but do you know his story?

Everald Compton is the author of The Man on the 20 Dollar Notes, he shares the story with Edwina Stott.

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Traeger in 1929 with his pedal powered radio

How Alfred Traeger gave the outback its voice

In the late 1920’s Alfred Traeger invented the pedal powered radio which revolutionised communication in the outback and became integral to the founding of the RFDS.

In this podcast you'll hear the story behind its invention. Traeger's daughter Anne Smallwood shares an insight into his creative, innovative nature and quirky parenting style and you'll also hear from Betty Marchant who remembers using the pedal powered radio for the now famous 'Galah Sessions'.

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R U OK written on a yellow background in black writing

How to ask R U OK?

Are you okay? It's a simple question, but it can be one of the hardest to ask.

This year, we're being encouraged by the suicide prevention charity, R U OK?, to trust the signs, trust our gut and ask the question.

So what are the signs? How should we ask? And what do we do if the answer is no?

Jos Middleton is the Flying Doctor's mental health team leader for Far North Queensland, she joined Edwina Stott to answer those questions and help us to ask the question.

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If you or anyone you know needs help, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 anytime.

For additional information visit Lifeline or Beyond Blue and for more pointers on how to ask head to R U OK?

A lady in remote Queensland using a medical chest

The outback's lifesaving chemist in a box

The Flying Doctor in Queensland can be with a patient anywhere in the state within 2 hours by air. Sometimes though, even a couple of hours isn't quick enough. 

That's when the RFDS medical chest becomes an essential tool for living remotely. 

The chest can provide lifesaving medication while patients wait for the Service to arrive and is also used in non urgent cases enabling doctors to prescribe medication from one of the 1,200 chemist like boxes dotted around the state.

In this podcast Edwina Stott chats with Annette Saleta, the State Services Coordinator in Queensland as well as with Betty from Eromanga and Trevor from SeaSwift who use the service both on land and sea!

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Low Dose, High Frequency - a revolutionary approach to learning for the RFDS

The Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland has developed a revolutionary training and education program which takes advantage of the organisation’s 24 hour operation and maximises minutes spent on the ground.

Edwina Stott, caught up with Ronan Sweeney, the Flying Doctor's Manager of Clinical Training & Development in Queensland, to find out more about the Low Dose, High Frequency program.

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Greg King in front of the RFDS aircraft

Queensland's longest serving remote RFDS pilot hangs up his wings

Greg King is the Royal Flying Doctor’s longest serving remote pilot in Queensland.

He’s flown over 1.6 million nautical miles – which is the equivalent of four return trips to the moon!

Now, though after close to 20 years in Mount Isa, he’s hanging up his wings and heading out of town.

Edwina Stott caught up with Greg to have a chat about his time with the Flying Doctor.

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A drone flying over a remote landscape

Could drone technology soon join the Flying Doctor's fleet?

Could drones help the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Queensland Section overcome one of their biggest challenges?

That's the question that was put to some of the finest minds in UAV & drone technology as the Flying Doctor joined forces with World of Drones Education for their healthcare & drone think tank held this week.

The Flying Doctor's Edwina Stott went along. 

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