"ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE" Cairns Things to Do Tip by a5floor
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The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is there for people who are in need and are living in the outback.
John Flynn, a Presbyterian minister, saw the need for a "mantel of safety" for the people of the outback when he began preaching there in 1912.
By 1920 Hudson Fysh, founder of the national airline QANTAS, had identified a plane suitable to carry a patient and doctor/pilot.
When young engineer, Alf Traeger, provided the missing communications link with his invention of pedal radio in 1927, the vision became reality.
The first flight was made from Cloncurry in north west Queensland in May, 1928.
The tiny open cockpit plane and pedal radio have long been museum pieces, but Flynn's concept remains vital to those in remote areas of this vast continent which is as large as Western Europe, two-thirds the size of the U.S.A. and many times that of the U.K. and Japan.
Life saving dramas are daily events with emergencies ranging from road, mining and cattle station accidents to difficult births and sudden illness. A significant number of medical evacuations involve tourists.
Just as important to those far from a doctor are regular clinic visits to small towns and homestead communities and being able to consult an RFDS doctor 24 hours a day by radio and/or telephone.
The RFDS are situated in 18 cities througout Australia. They don't get a money from the government, so they are depent on donations by the visitors, people who are living in Australia or from the companies.
Address: 1 Junction Street, Edge Hill, Cairns
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