The Flying Doctor

The Flying Doctor

Australia is a large, remote, and unforgiving land where accidents happen. In this podcast, we talk to real patients and their families about mateship, life in the bush, and the role that the Royal Flying Doctor Service plays in servicing r

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How a COVID front-line health worker coped in a hotspot?

Masked faces and PPE. Victorian COVID hotspot with hundreds of victims. Ali Cole never dreamed she would be transporting hundreds of confirmed and highly suspected COVID patients to hospital…

How a COVID front-line health worker coped in a hotspot?

Masked faces and PPE. Victorian COVID hotspot with hundreds of victims. Ali Cole never dreamed she would be transporting hundreds of confirmed and highly suspected COVID patients to hospital…

21:08

EP10 - S1

29 Apr 21

How did David do CPR on himself to stay alive?

Immense stands of Iron-Bark. Crisp sunny morning. 16 yr old David Donavon is checking for storm damage along the 15km boundaries of a remote property, but has no idea that shortly he will be gasping for oxygen and on a dash to save his own life…

How did David do CPR on himself to stay alive?

Immense stands of Iron-Bark. Crisp sunny morning. 16 yr old David Donavon is checking for storm damage along the 15km boundaries of a remote property, but has no idea that shortly he will be gasping for oxygen and on a dash to save his own life…

44:06

EP09 - S1

22 Apr 21

How do we help the elderly in their very last days with their final wish?

A stretcher supporting an elderly man. Oxygen tank and caring hands. We all, eventually grow old, and there will be a time when we will have one last wish. Scott Chapman explains the new service.

How do we help the elderly in their very last days with their final wish?

A stretcher supporting an elderly man. Oxygen tank and caring hands. We all, eventually grow old, and there will be a time when we will have one last wish. Scott Chapman explains the new service.

22:15

EP08 - S1

15 Apr 21

How was Jemma’s life saved – along with her newborn?

Gladstone Maternity ward.  Midwives and doctors ready. When Jemma Manwaring held her newborn Zac for the first time she knew something was terribly wrong…

How was Jemma’s life saved – along with her newborn?

Gladstone Maternity ward.  Midwives and doctors ready. When Jemma Manwaring held her newborn Zac for the first time she knew something was terribly wrong…

37:43

EP07 - S1

8 Apr 21

What did Leroy do to save his life, as his blood was draining out?

Dust, flies and dry heat. Remote community volunteers are cleaning up after a Christmas event when young Leroy Henderson’s life is changed forever…

What did Leroy do to save his life, as his blood was draining out?

Dust, flies and dry heat. Remote community volunteers are cleaning up after a Christmas event when young Leroy Henderson’s life is changed forever…

23:03

EP06 - S1

1 Apr 21

When crocodiles attack, but no-one is around to help you..

Hot and sticky.  Experienced Ranger is fly-fishing in the Cape when a crocodile launches out of the water and mauls him, hundreds of kilometres from a hospital… Katrina Starmer, RFDS Medical Officer recalls the retrieval.

When crocodiles attack, but no-one is around to help you..

Hot and sticky.  Experienced Ranger is fly-fishing in the Cape when a crocodile launches out of the water and mauls him, hundreds of kilometres from a hospital… Katrina Starmer, RFDS Medical Officer recalls the retrieval.

27:03

EP05 - S1

25 Mar 21

How pregnant Michelle dealt with such a life-changing injury?

Rural NSW property. Young mother of two Michelle Dowsett suffered a shocking rare accident that stunned first responders and required fast action to save not just her, but two lives… 

How pregnant Michelle dealt with such a life-changing injury?

Rural NSW property. Young mother of two Michelle Dowsett suffered a shocking rare accident that stunned first responders and required fast action to save not just her, but two lives… 

20:23

EP04 - S1

18 Mar 21

How did Michael survive burns to more than 60% of his body?

Red dirt and spinifex. Heat and dust. An experienced farming family is mustering cattle on their vast property when the worst imaginable accident occurs that changes Michael Tomlinson’s life for ever.

How did Michael survive burns to more than 60% of his body?

Red dirt and spinifex. Heat and dust. An experienced farming family is mustering cattle on their vast property when the worst imaginable accident occurs that changes Michael Tomlinson’s life for ever.

20:03

EP03 - S1

11 Mar 21

How can something the size of a fingernail be so deadly?

White sands. Rich marine diversity. A family holiday, boating off the Pilbara Coast becomes a terrifying race to save 14 year old Hannah Mitchell.

How can something the size of a fingernail be so deadly?

White sands. Rich marine diversity. A family holiday, boating off the Pilbara Coast becomes a terrifying race to save 14 year old Hannah Mitchell.

42:46

EP02 - S1

11 Mar 21

How did Peter Nunn survive 2 accidents he shouldn’t have ?

Desert sand hills. Red stony downs. A vast remote cattle station in one of the harshest parts of Australia. A horrific accident… a dash to save Peter Nunn’s life…

How did Peter Nunn survive 2 accidents he shouldn’t have ?

Desert sand hills. Red stony downs. A vast remote cattle station in one of the harshest parts of Australia. A horrific accident… a dash to save Peter Nunn’s life…

27:29

EP01 - S1

11 Mar 21

The Flying Doctor - Trailer

Australia is a large, remote, and unforgiving land where accidents happen. In this podcast, we talk to real patients and their families about mateship, life in the bush, and the role that the Royal Flying Doctor Service plays in servicing rural communities.

The Flying Doctor - Trailer

Australia is a large, remote, and unforgiving land where accidents happen. In this podcast, we talk to real patients and their families about mateship, life in the bush, and the role that the Royal Flying Doctor Service plays in servicing rural communities.

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2 Mar 21