MEASURING DISTANCE Here is a page from a Royal Flying Doctor Service crew log. It shows some of the pickups that have occurred in the last week. RFDS Base Departed Location of Injured Person Hospital that patient was flown to Distance Travelled Meekatharra Tibooburra Adelaide Alice Springs Uluru Alice Springs Hospital Port Hedland Marble Bar…
ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE BASES Each aircraft leaves from a Royal Flying Doctor Service base. Click on the map below to see all operating bases in Australia. Click on each base to find out more about it.
SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION PATTERNS Mark on this map the areas where most of Australia’s population live. Now mark in the areas where most of the people helped by the Royal Flying Doctor Service live.This is called the ‘Outback’ or ‘Inland’
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WHAT CHALLENGES MIGHT MEL HAVE HAD IN RECEIVING EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELP IF SHE HAD LIVED IN 1880? Complete the reverse chronology table below. How might the outcome for Mel have been different? Mel is riding a horse across a paddock in 1880. Its leg gets stuck in a wombat hole and she is thrown to…
WHAT HAD TO BE DONE (BEFORE THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN) FOR MEL TO GET MEDICAL HELP? Mel is airlifted by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Alice Springs Hospital Mel is travelling across a farming property on a motorbike. The wheel gets stuck in a wombat hole and she is thrown from the bike.
REVERSE CHRONOLOGY This is Helen Springs Station as seen on Google Earth. Open Google Maps in a new browser and type in Helen Springs Station to go on a virtual excursion. Make 5 observations of the local environment you see around you.
REVERSE CHRONOLOGY This is a picture of Mel receiving medical assistance by the Royal Flying Doctor Service after falling off her motorbike at Helen Springs Station (680 kilometres north of Alice Springs)
WATCH THE SHORT DOCUMENTARY ‘THE FURTHEST CORNER’ ABOUT THE WAY THE ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE HAS ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF DISTANCE IN SUPPLYING MEDICAL SUPPORT TO OUTBACK COMMUNITIES.
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