We'd like to introduce Rex.
He's a new addition to the Weekend River Social Club.
He's very fast, so Dui and I grounded him so you could see him.
His peep is a Nurse Practitioner with the
Royal Flying Doctor Service. (nice segue into today's topic.)
As you may or may not know, Australia is a BIG place,
with a small population.
(About the size of the evacuation of Florida during Irma.)
Most people live along the east coast.
|We live in the Texas bit.
Most of the interior...the outback... is sparsely populated.
Hospitals and medical centres are small and few.
That's where the RFDS comes in.
We have a base right here in town and though, SHE sees it
whenever SHE goes to the airport...has never visited it!
There was a museum and video
explaining medical help in remote communities.
This is a modern First Aid Kit supplied to a reliable resident.
|The list of contents is on the back.
Everything must be accounted for.
|This is an old medical chest.
|This chart helps doctor's give medical advice for first aid.
There was a story of a man who complained he hurt in area 9, and was told to look for the drugs at 9 in the chest.
Asked how he was the next day and he said 'Great'. He couldn't find 9, so took a 7 and 2!
Dubbo has a fleet of five Beechcraft planes....costing $9 million each.
|This one was in the hangar ready for use.
Each BLADE of the propellers is worth $10,000.
They are made in the US and the pilots have to go there to be trained. A new facility is in the pipeline, much larger and train pilots here in Dubbo in future.
The RFDS is always ready to transfer patients to Dubbo Base or larger hospitals in the cities. They can have a doctor and nurse on board depending on the case, or just the nurse (and pilot, of course.)
They attend road accidents, farming accidents, rodeo accidents, illness, deliver the occasional baby, or transfer child transplant patients.
There was a simulator for visitors.
The main cabin with stretcher, hospital bed, and equipment.
Also seats for the staff and any accompanying relatives.
Some of the bases provide health clinics to remote areas.
Ours has a Tooth Plane, providing dental services to remote areas.
Sometimes in the middle of the night, we hear a plane overhead and know the RFDS is at work.