A TWO-month placement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Kalgoorlie inspired Manchester doctor Dave Jones to make the move down under, now the certified pilot will fly from Brisbane to Broome raising money for the organisation.
“It was a dream come true,” Dr Jones said.
“Flying around one of the most beautiful but demanding places on earth to help those in dire emergencies.
“That incredible experience taught me about so much more than just the crucial work the RFDS does managing emergency medical situations in remote Australia, but also how important and cherished the service is for all Australians who find themselves in crisis in the remote, beautiful and sometimes dangerous outback.”
During his stint across WA skies, Dr Jones attended medical emergencies at remote Aboriginal communities, assaults, psychiatric emergencies, women in labour and car crashes.
“Every single day of the year, the RFDS manages the enormous logistical and medical complexities of delivering medical care often in very difficult circumstances,” he said.
“I also owe a significant debt of gratitude to RFDS for that life-changing opportunity to come to outback WA and experience medicine in one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world.”
Dr Jones, then a student, continued his medical training back in Manchester but said he formed a strong bond with WA, moving to Glen Forrest in 2013 with wife Caroline and starting work at the GP Superclinic at Midland Railway Workshops.
After the move he learnt to fly at Jandakot Airport where he heard about the RFDS Outback Air Race.
“The opportunity to fly across Australia like this in order to raise money for RFDS just seemed like a total no-brainer, I absolutely had to do it,” he said.
Team mates Michael Malone and Margaret Halsmith hope to raise $6000 with the GP Superclinic already pledging $1000.
Support their team, Bunurong Inverloch, at www.oar18.rfdswa.com.au