Your Flying Doctor has its arms stretched out wide for Australians – not only in an emergency but for 'whole of life' care. 

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Physiotherapy | RFDS SA/NT

A dry needle in the haystack: Meet our first Flying Physio

Armed with a portable treatment table and a backpack containing everything you’d find in a city clinic, the RFDS’s newest health professional is making tracks in the bush.

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Old Scars, New Strength: Sandra's Story

Old scars, new strength: Sandra's story

Traumatic injuries can have long-lasting effects and for Ti Tree resident Sandra Abley, the Flying Doctor was there to support her full journey to physical and emotional recovery.

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Behind the scenes of an RFDS outback mission

Emergency Outback Retrieval

Follow the Flying Doctor on an outback mission to get young patient Tyler to safety and care.

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Nullarbor car crash

Highway to help: Tony's story

Tony Hudson rolled his car on the Nullarbor Plain.

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When ritual meets rescue

When ritual meets rescue: Robert's story

in March 2021, a Men's Business ceremony in Far North SA took an unexpected turn, when Robert began experiencing extreme pain in his abdomen.

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RFDS SA/NT | Outback highway landing

Australia's first outback highway landing

In 2023, the RFDS performed a world-first aeromedical jet landing on a stretch of remote South Australian highway.

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In hot water

In hot water: Louis' Story

Cowboy Louis was enjoying his fourth year at a station in the remote Barkly Region of the NT, when a freak accident struck.

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Richard Hawkins | Andamooka

Five times revived: Richard's story

On a searing summer day, South Australian opal miner Richard Hawkins fell victim to extreme dehydration and his heart stopped.

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Out of breath, out of nowhere

Out of breath, out of nowhere: Shannon's story

Shannon was 1,000 kilometres from home and unable to breathe - her first potentially fatal asthma attack.

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Meet Alex Lawrie

Chopper crash comeback: Alex's story

Alex Lawrie was living the dream as a helicopter tour pilot at Uluru, until an engine failure changed his life forever.

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Station Communities

Mental health training out bush

The RFDS recently launched Mental Health First Aid training for remote communities, providing practical skills for outback residents and workers to support family and friends.

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Shirley airlifted outback SA

Shirley's sliding door

Outback traveller Shirley shudders to think ‘what could’ve been’ if she did not have a retrieval team by her side when her body shut down.

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RFDS oral health Mutitjulu

Healthy smiles, happy lives

At the base of Uluru, the Flying Doctor is working together with the Aboriginal Community of Mutitjulu to promote healthy smiles and happy lives.

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Meet Richard Hobbs

Down to the wire: Richy's story

A devastating fall from a ladder while on a job 540km north of Adelaide became a race against time for carpenter Richard Hobbs.

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Badly broken, barely breathing

Badly broken, barely breathing: Phil's story

When Phil Eley’s motorbike adventure went horribly wrong in the middle of outback Australia, his friends at the scene feared the worst.

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Remote rescue

Remote rescue: Sonny's story

Young Sonny Driver was enjoying life on his family NT cattle station, when a serious injury threatened to change his life forever.

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Rural mum's rare scare

Rural mum's rare scare: Anna's story

Pregnant with her second child, Anna Nunn was busy working on Wooltana Station in SA’s Far North when she received a distressing diagnosis.

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RFDS Central Operations

A rural lifeline: Jo's story

As increasing emotional stress pushed outback station owner Jo French to breaking point, her family made a life-saving phone call.

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Island resilience

Island resilience

On the remote island of Galiwin’ku in the Top End, the Flying Doctor has been busy working with the community to combat COVID-19.

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RFDS Central Operations Aeromedical Retrieval

Meet Dr James

Dr James Padley sees first-hand how families and communities rally in times of emergency. He is part of the Flying Doctor crew airlifting more than 9,000 South Australians and Northern Territorians every year.

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Primary Health Care RFDS Central Operations

Meet Kirsty

Raising four kids, two litters of puppies and 5,500 head of cattle on more than 8,000sq km of pastoral property adds up to a remarkable life for Kirsty and Cameron Williams, RFDS clients living on The Peake Station in SA's Far North.

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