Kimberley the busiest region for RFDS crews in 2023

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RFDS Broome staff, Dr Paul Shoemack and Pilot Finley Garside.
Camera IconRFDS Broome staff, Dr Paul Shoemack and Pilot Finley Garside. Credit: Ben Broady

The WA Royal Flying Doctor Service has marked its busiest year on record with the organisation witnessing an unprecedented surge in demand for its services across the State and in the Kimberley during 2023.

More than 10,000 patients were retrieved by the RFDS in 2023, with the soaring demand being particularly notable in the Kimberley which accounted for a staggering 2565 retrievals, making it the busiest area for RFDS crews.

Responding to this escalating need for medical assistance, the RFDS has announced the induction of 10 new doctors, who are set to begin their training in February.

The doctors bring a diverse range of expertise, including in areas such as intensive care, anaesthesia and emergency medicine.

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RFDS Head of Medical Dr Rob Radici expressed his enthusiasm for the incoming cohort, highlighting the invaluable experience they will gain in providing medical care in a remote setting.

“We are thrilled to welcome aboard this new group of doctors,” he said.

“They will experience the challenges of providing advanced medical care in an out-of-hospital environment and have their skills put to the test.

“The experience and memories, whilst providing health care to the people of Western Australia, will remain with them for a lifetime and make them better doctors,” he said.

The WA RFDS also conducted more than 6000 consultations across the State through various clinics, underlining its commitment to providing comprehensive healthcare services in WA.

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