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RFDS Research: COVID-19 activity and surge modelling for rural and remote Australia

21 May 2020

A newly published research paper reviews RFDS COVID-19 patient transport data since February 2020, and includes modelling for anticipated rural and remote hot spots, as part of surge preparation within the national health crisis.

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RFDS Research Unit provides a voice to Rural and Remote Australians

05 May 2020

Did you know the RFDS has a Research Unit that is dedicated to improving health outcomes for people in rural and remote Australia by 'giving them a voice'?

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Expanding Hearing Screening And Treatment In Remote Australia

12 Dec 2019

A new collaboration between Hearing Australia and the Royal Flying Doctor Service will see innovative hearing screening tools adopted and rolled out across the country as part of RFDS primary health care clinics to remote areas.

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Rehab services vital to prevent bush cardiac deaths

04 Oct 2019

A new RFDS research paper released today, details how cardiac rehabilitation services, if made available in the bush, could prevent as many as 80% of premature deaths from cardiac disease.

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Mental Health in the Bush: Access a fifth the rate of city

26 Aug 2019

RFDS research published by the Medical Journal of Australia, reveals more about mental health in the bush and access to mental health services.

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RFDS and Hearing Australia Trial

01 Jun 2019

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Service Planning and Operational Tool

01 Feb 2019

As an Australian first, the RFDS use a Service Planning and Operational Tool called ‘SPOT’. SPOT is a custom made software, developed to assist the RFDS in planning where services should be located, relative to need. This is done by mapping existing services and overlaying these with population data

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Looking Ahead Research Paper

16 Jan 2019

The Royal Flying Doctor Service does research into issues pertaining to rural health, towards improved service provision to Outback Australia.

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90 Years of Unparalleled Service

09 Oct 2018

The RFDS has evolved from an early vision of an “aerial experiment” into a remarkable 24-hour, 7 days a week health service to enable people in rural and remote Australia, and who are beyond regular medical infrastructure, to access medical care in metropolitan-based tertiary hospitals.

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