Becoming A Flying Doctor

November 22, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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The Royal Flying Doctor Service initially began as the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service on 15 May 1928. It was established by Presbyterian minister, the Rev John Flynn to provide medical care to communities living in far flung areas in Australia, where just a couple of doctors provided much needed medical care across an area that measured almost 2 million

The experiment was a rousing success and over the next few years, the Royal Flying Doctor Service started expanding across the country. Today, the RFDS owns more than 60 aircraft that are fully equipped with state of the art navigation technology. The organisation operates out of more than 20 bases across the country, providing 24-hour medical care 365 days a year and serving an area spanning more than 7 million sq. Km.

The doctors and flight nurses who work for the organisation are responsible for the care of over 270,000 patients. In addition to the 21 bases, the RFDS also has 5 fully equipped health facilities and 10 other facilities for marketing, fundraising and public relations across Australia.

RFDS Aircraft for Emergency and Transport Work

The Royal Flying Doctor Service uses Pilatus PC12 and Beechcraft King Air aircraft for emergency and transport purposes. All of their aircrafts are outfitted with modern medical equipment and resemble mini intensive care units, which are capable of treating serious medical emergencies.   

Prepping for surgery at Morogoro Regional Hospital Job Opportunities at the RFDS 

For healthcare professionals, a career with the RFDS provides unique challenges and experiences in a diverse, rewarding and immensely fulfilling environment. RFDS employees interact with many of the rural and remote communities of Australia and meet the people of the bush on a regular basis. Many employees also work in remote Indigenous communities and get the exclusive opportunity to get a better insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

There is a wide range of job opportunities for medical and non-medical professionals who work together at the Royal Flying Doctor Service to provide much needed health care to these remote and rural areas. Job opportunities span from medical, nursing, allied health and support services roles to aviation, engineering, management, marketing & public relations, finance, human resources and information technology. This uniquely Australian service offers healthcare professionals the opportunity to work in some of the most stunning locations across Australia.

Perks Of Working With The RFDS 

RFDS employees enjoy a wide range of benefits and incentives which include:

Non-Australian employees are given assistance with immigration, visa requirements and registration with relevant professional boards as well as relocation assistance and a comprehensive orientation upon arrival.

As an employee with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, your work will offer you the opportunity to enhance your professional experience while broadening your horizons and developing an intimate understanding of rural and remote health.