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NBTA : November 2008
NBTA Asia Pacific supports 20 The Royal Flying Doctor Service 00 xx In Brisbane the members and delegates of the 2007 NBTA Asia Pacific Regional Business Travel Conference raised $1920 from the sale of raffle tickets during the Gala Dinner. The funds were donated to The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) a very deserving organisation. The RFDS was founded by the Reverend John Flynn in 1928, during his association with the Australian Inland Mission. His vision was to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ for those living, working and travelling in remote areas. Still fulfilling Flynn’s dream, the RFDS of the 21st century has developed into a technologically advanced and highly unique organisation. The RFDS has 23 Bases across Australia, providing medical care to a service area covering more than 7 million square kilometres of the Australian continent. Russell Ousley, Director of Public Relations of the RFDS advised that “all funds raised by the RFDS go towards the replacement of ageing aircraft and to update medical equipment” For further information about the RFDS visit their website at www.flyingdoctor.org.au The Royal Flying Doctor Service The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) was founded by the Reverend John Flynn (Flynn of the Inland) in 1928, during his association with the Australian Inland Mission. During his travels as a young missionary through Australia’s outback, Flynn was amazed and horrified at the lack of medical care available to those pioneers living, working and travelling in remote areas. His vision was to provide a “mantle of safety”for those living and raising families in isolated areas. Russell Ousley, Director of Public Affairs accepts a cheque for $1,920 from the National Business Travel Association. Left to right: Monica Gardner, Chair NBTA Asia Pacific; Russell Ousley,Director of Public Affairs, RFDS and Julianne Hunt, Queensland Purchasing, Department of Public Works. With the birth of aviation, Flynn seized the opportunity to reach those once considered unreachable except by journeys taking days or even weeks. The first Flying Doctor was Dr Kenyon St Vincent Welch who took up duties at Cloncurry, Queensland on 15 May, 1928. He performed his first duty two days later on the 17th May, conducting two minor operations at Julia Creek, 137km away. The first Flying Doctor aircraft was a QANTAS DH50A named Victory, flown by pilot Arthur Affleck. The doctor, pilot and aircraft provided the beginnings of the lifeline that was to extend across the country. However transport was not the only problem in 1928. Communication for Flynn’s aeromedical service was non-existent. In 1929, Alf Traeger, a brilliant electrical engineer solved Flynn’s Asia Pacific Corporate Traveller Volume 1 Issue 1 problem of communication over long distance by inventing the pedal wireless. His invention of a pedal operated generator to power a radio transceiver gave isolated Australians the ability to contact the Flying Doctor in emergencies. Two fledgling industries radio and aviation joined with the age-old profession of medicine and the Royal Flying Doctor Service was born. The RFDS Today Still fulfilling Flynn’s dream, the RFDS of the 21st century has developed into a technologically advanced and highly unique organisation. The RFDS has 23 Bases across Australia, providing medical care to a service area covering more than 7 million km2 of this continent.