Primary Health in Koorabye

Date published

11 Jun 2020

A 50 minute flight from Broome with a team of RFDS clinicians is providing a life-changing service each month to one of the Kimberley’s most isolated communities.

Broome-based RFDS pilot Bryn James says it is a privilege to be able to assist the people of Koorabye near the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley.

Touching down on the red dirt airstrip in these images taken by Bryn last week, the team provides fly-in-fly-out primary healthcare clinics in an RFDS aircraft recently converted into a dedicated flying clinic. Services include immunisations, health screenings, chronic disease management and general medical check-ups.

Bryn enjoys flying to the clinics where he can talk to the locals and spend time in their communities, learning about their culture and exploring the different landscapes.

“Attending our primary healthcare clinics is hugely rewarding. It's a privilege to be able to assist these remote places with vital medical care - especially given the huge distances across WA and the Kimberley, limiting regular access to General Practitioners,” Bryn said.

These clinics are an essential part of our service, where a 50-minute flight to Koorabye Community - who are physically cut off in heavy rain - connects locals with highly trained medical practitioners.

“I always love going to the clinic. We are well received with warm hospitality and appreciation from the locals anytime we visit,” Bryn Said.

Koorabye is one of several remote communities in WA where the RFDS has run 822 similar clinics in the past year, providing care for 6,876 patients.

Images captured by Bryn James, RFDS Pilot.

Koorabye 1
Koorabye 2
Koorabye 3