After school excursion for Djugerari Kids in remote WA

Date published

03 Jul 2020
Djugerari kids Cecilia and Kyle with Pilot Fin

An RFDS PC-12 turboprop aircraft sits on an airstrip at Djugerari, a remote Aboriginal community nestled in and amongst the stunning red hills of the St Georges Ranges with a population of less than 100.

Located 110km south east of Fitzroy Crossing, Djugerari Community residents are faced with geographical and socio-economic barriers to accessing essential healthcare.

The Flying Doctor's monthly fly-in fly-out clinic is the main way for the community to seek medical advice, access vital immunisations and health screenings.


Not far from the airstrip are the aircraft's passengers RFDS Broome base primary health care nurse Kate Jones and Dr Tanya Ronaldson who are delivering a clinic to ensure the community's health needs are addressed. 

School is out for the day and patients with a range of health needs have attended the clinic which commenced early that morning. 

Soon, it's time for crew to pack up and prepare for the hour-long return flight back to Broome. RFDS pilot Fin Garside is airside awaiting Kate and Tanya's arrival, who this time, are accompanied by Djugerari Remote Community School's principal and two students Cecilia and Kyle.

Young Cecilia and Kyle are thrilled to be acquainted with Fin who give them a private tour of the aircraft - even scoring the opportunity to sit in the cockpit! 

Fin reports he was quizzed by both students who were keen to learn more about the aircraft and understand what it takes to be a pilot for the Flying Doctor. 

It's all in a day's work for Fin, Kate and Tanya who return home to Broome that afternoon no doubt enriched by their shared experiences and meaningful connections made with the community.