Research & Policy Unit team

Royal Flying Doctor Service Research and Policy is conducted by a small team located in Canberra. All team members can be contacted on 02 6269 5500

Dr Fergus Gardiner - Director of Public Health and Research

Fergus Gardiner is a PhD (medicine) trained epidemiologist and public health specialist, and overseas the work of the Flying Doctor's Research and Policy Unit. He has been the lead author on research projects, involving emergency and military medicine, pathology, and obstetrics and gynecology. His current work focuses on rural and remote aeromedical retrievals, including those for digestive and liver disorders, substance use disorders, end-stage renal failure, and cancer. Prior to commencing with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Fergus served in the Australian Defense Force as a Paratrooper before retraining and seeking employment in large teaching hospitals and the Department of Health in Canberra.

Lauren Gale - Director, Programs & Policy

Lauren oversees the work of the Flying Doctor's Research and Policy Unit. She has an honours degree in Government, International Relations and Social Policy and a Master of Public Policy. Her honours thesis assessed ongoing rural health workforce shortages and government interventions seeking to remedy this. Prior to commencing with the Flying Doctor, Lauren was a Policy Adviser in the Department Of Prime Minister & Cabinet, working across areas including rural health, Indigenous health, mental health, public health, hospital and health system financing as well as disaster recovery.