Bruce Scott AM

Remembrance Day: Honouring Heroes in Healthcare

Date published

10 Nov 2023

As we observe Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who served, fought, and gave their lives for our freedom.

Bruce and Paul

It's a day to remember heroes, both on the battlefield and beyond. We had the honour of speaking with RFDS Ambassador, the Hon. Bruce Scott AM, who shared his insights into the connection between Remembrance Day and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland Section.

Remembrance Day, commemorated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, holds a significant place in history.

Bruce emphasised the invaluable role of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals in times of conflict and how it resonates with the RFDS's mission today.

"Nurses and doctors have always been at the forefront of providing care, whether in times of war or in remote Queensland,” Bruce said.

“Their dedication to healing reflects the values we cherish.”

The RFDS (Queensland Section) continues the legacy of service by delivering healthcare to remote areas, where medical personnel were often found serving on the frontlines or with organisations like the Red Cross.

Mount Isa Remembrance Day

Bruce highlighted that, like medical personnel who served in wartime, the RFDS provides essential medical care to remote communities.

“The RFDS is a lifeline of care and support, ensuring access to medical services where they are needed most,” he said.

The RFDS (Queensland Section) continues to provide support to those who have returned, through wellbeing services additional to aeromedical services.

"Through our mental health services, we support those who served in the military forces, appreciating the support from the RFDS," he said.

On this Remembrance Day, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

We thank and salute these heroes. We will never forget; we will always remember.

The RFDS (Queensland Section) has representatives from bases across the state laying a wreath at local services.