Every year for the past 85 years the RFDS takes the finest care to Australia’s furthest corners so that anyone who lives, works or travels in remote and rural Australia can enjoy the best of health.
As a not for profit organisation the RFDS relies entirely on fundraising and public contributions, one of these fundraising efforts is the RFDS Outback Air Race. Since it began in 1996 the race has raised over 1.5 million dollars, all of which has been put towards outfitting RFDS aircraft with essential medical equipment; vital for treating and saving lives of those requiring urgent medical retrieval in regional Australia.
This year the Outback Air Race is back again and our very own Dr Tom, from our Intensive Care Unit, is participating in the most fun and exciting way! Dr Tom is a pilot himself and he and some colleagues have formed a team to participate in the race. Imagine flying across the vast expense of Australia over 3 weeks, landing at remote airstrips, greeting the local communities but most importantly delivering the message to these communities that the service they rely on in their time of need, will continue to save lives.
The RFDS also support our local community by transporting patients to Brisbane. To help Dr Tom and his team, Medicus Volanti, please visit their page to donate.