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Rural Health

Flying Doctors Deliver Health Care For Rural Australians

http://media.soundmedicine.org/segments/081113_6.mp3

In Australia, many people live a day’s drive away from any type of medical facility. So what happens when people need emergency or immediate medical attention? The Royal Flying Doctor Service in Jandakot, Western Australia, is dispatched to take care of the emergency. The service is the only lifeline to immediate medical care in rural Australia. More than 1,000 physicians, nurses, and midwives are employed by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and handle emergency situations for over 270,000 patients across rural Australia. Field producer Maeve Frances details the ins and outs of delivering medical care by air.