Research

Graphic: D OF H briefing

RFDS briefing on Indigenous Health to the Federal Department of Health, Feb 2017 can be found here.

Graphic: New research paper

Latest Release

The Royal Flying Doctor Service's most recent research paper is entitled "Providing Aeromedical care to Remote Indigenous Communities".

"This research is a first for the RFDS. It warns Indigenous children are over-represented in aeromedical retrieval data. Preventable or manageable illnesses such as pneumonia, asthma and croup are leaving kids so ill the only option is to fly them to hospital," said Martin Laverty, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

The research outlines illness and injury rates requiring a sample of 17,606 to be flown from remote communities to hospitals over a three year period. It points to how illness and injury can be prevented and how health services can improve Indigenous health care.

"An aeromedical retrieval in response to a chronic illness only happens when a patient has become very unwell. The high demand for patients to be flown with chronic illness shows illness prevention is key to achieving 'Close the Gap' targets," Mr Laverty said.

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service's Research and Policy Unit was established in mid-2015. Its three purposes are to:

1) Voice and respond to health outcome and clinical service needs of country Australians, informed by RFDS clinical data and other sourced evidence;
2) Fulfil the Safety and Quality in Health Care standard requirement to be an organization driven by information;
3) Make publicly available RFDS clinical data and clinical research findings to contribute to public policy and clinical practice improvements.

The Research and Policy Unit can be contacted on 02 6269 5500 or by email.

Royal Flying Doctor Research publications

Providing Aeromedical care to Remote Indigenous Communities

Providing Aeromedical care to Remote Indigenous Communities

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Responding to Injuries in remote and rural Australia

Responding to Injuries in remote and rural Australia

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Filling the Gap: Disparities in oral health access and outcomes

Filling the Gap: Disparities in oral health access and outcomes

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Graphic: News

Royal Flying Doctor Service Public Policy Research is regularly reported in media. Coverage on our Injuries research paper included ABC News Breakfast, ABC News 24, WIN TV, ABC Radio, 2UE, 2GB and Fairfax media.

3rd Party Research publications

The Centre for International Economics report March 2015

The Centre for International Economics report March 2015

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Strong Fathers, Strong Families - A preliminary report Nth Qld

Strong Fathers, Strong Families - A preliminary report Nth Qld

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Graphic: Broadband for the Bush

RFDS CEO, Martin Laverty spoke at the Broadband for the Bush Alliance Forum in June 2016. His presentation entitled "Crook in the Bush: Why broadband matters to health outcomes" details how important network connectivity is to provision of health services to country Australia.

Clinical Research

Clinical Research

The Research and Policy Unit hosts the Royal Flying Doctor Service's Clinical and Health Services Research Committee. You can find details on the composition of the committee here.

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Rural and remote

Defining Rural and Remote

Royal Flying Doctor research is specifically pertinent and related to rural and remote Australia, so it is vital that we define what these terms actually mean.

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Research staff

Research and Policy Unit staff

The RFDS research is conducted by a small team in Canberra, ACT. Here are details on the composition, skills and experience of our team.

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Clinical Research Resources

Royal Flying Doctor Service clinical staff contribute to research projects conducted externally to the organisations.

A sample of these projects will be available soon.