Flying Doctor showcases initial plans for Bundaberg simulation training facility

Date published

31 Jan 2020

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) has today showcased the preliminary plans for its world-class Aeromedical Retrieval Simulation Hub (AMRSH) to be built in Bundaberg.

The facility will use state-of-the-art technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and high-fidelity immersive training scenarios to attract and train aeromedical professionals from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The construction of the simulation hub will be funded through a $15 million allocation of the Federal Government’s Hinkler Regional Deal.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) CEO, Meredith Staib, said the organisation was currently working with local businesses and organisations to identify potential locations and construction options for the project.

Artists impression of the new RFDS Aeromedical Retrieval Simulation Hub

“While still in initial planning stages, the project has already had incredibly strong support from all levels of government, as well as local businesses and organisations which have been consulted on how best to incorporate the wider Bundaberg region into this exciting project,” Ms Staib said.

“A simulation Hub of this scale would be a first for the RFDS in Queensland, and we’re so excited to see it potentially coming to life in Bundaberg, where we have flown tens of thousands of people since we began operating there in 2002.

“The RFDS in Queensland has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the aeromedical sector. We have world-class medical staff, pilots and training professionals ready to share that experience, using modern technology and techniques, to ensure every aeromedical retrieval professional is trained to the highest possible standard.

“The RFDS is always looking at ways to provide even greater levels of health care, whether that be in aeromedical retrieval or primary health care, and this incredible opportunity is just another way we are working towards this goal.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Federal Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt, and the Federal Government for their support in making this project come to life.”