RFDS Local Hero Awards

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) wants to thank and acknowledge those outstanding individuals who tirelessly and selflessly support the work of the Flying Doctor.

Behind the scenes there is an army of invisible volunteers and community minded people. They are our hidden heroes and we need your help finding them.

Local Hero video

Whether it is maintaining airstrips, making blankets and teddies for premature babies, transporting our medical team from a local airstrip to a community clinic, fundraising, supporting the health needs of the community by taking responsibility for the community medical chest, keeping up to date with first aid and being first on the scene to assist in an emergency – providing support to our medical team during an emergency.

A winner will be selected from each of our nine Queensland Bases, with an overall Queensland Hero winner receiving a $7,500 grant to go towards improving the health of their local community.

Nominate someone you think is Local Hero today at http://rfdslocalhero.com.au/

Nomination Criteria


1. Support

The nominee has consistently supported the work of the Flying Doctor in their community or by fundraising for the RFDS.


2. Good Samaritan

In an exceptional case of selflessness, the nominee assisted a patient before the RFDS arrived, or followed directions for an RFDS clinician during a medical emergency.


3. Community Health Care

Actively encourages their community to lead a healthy lifestyle and to use the primary health care services provided by the RFDS in their community.

Award Submission:

  • A person can nominate an individual or family member. If a person would like to nominate themselves, then a referee from the RFDS is required.
  • To highlight the wonderful contribution this individual has made as a 'Local Hero', please submit a 300 word description detailing how the nominee meets one or all of the above criteria.
  • Please note: It is a condition of entry that nominees participate in publicity opportunities.

Terms and Conditions can be found here

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Scott Shorten

Hear from our 2018 Local Hero Award winner Scott Shorten and how he used his community grant towards improving the health and wellbeing of his community.