RFDS education

The Royal Flying Doctor Service saves many lives, but medical assistance and outback rescues are not all they do. They also educate. They visit schools and kindergartens, and talk to kids.

Today I had the great pleasure of meeting RFDS educator, Tom Ryan and sitting in on his session at Olympic Avenue Kindergarten. He had the kids enthralled with his talk and pictures… and then he took them out to the Aeromedical Simulator — a full-sized replica of an RFDS plane fuselage. The wide-eyed and excited kids got to climb aboard and see, first hand, how patients are looked after in the air.

I also had the chance to talk to these kids about the writing of Meet… the Flying Doctors, which tells the story of John Flynn and the formation of the RFDS. And I read them the book, two weeks before its official release. A wonderful experience!

To find out more about Aeromedical Simulator school incursions, check out the RFDS educational website.