Greater coordination is needed to shift from a “mantle of safety” to providing adequate health care for rural and remote Australians
The original vision of John Flynn when he established the precursor of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in 1928 was to provide a “mantle of safety” for rural Australia. While aeromedical retrieval has evolved considerably in the meantime, with advances in aviation, communications and medical interventions, people who live in rural areas of Australia still have lower access to health services and poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts.1
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