Thursday, November 26

Alice Springs - Flying Doctors' Museum

As we had all watched the Australian TV series, 'The Flying Doctors', in our youth, a visit to the Flying Doctors' Museum was a must.

It gave us all a greater appreciation of the amazing job they do. One of their services is to maintain medical chests. A GP will diagnose over the phone, and prescribe a numbered item.

The distance they cover is incredible. For example, there's a cattle range in the Northern Territories that's the size of Florida!

The service does have some government funding, but they have to find all the infrastructure costs themselves. In setup and it's place in the national heart, it's akin to the RNLI.

In order that people in the Outback could communicate during an emergency, Alf Traeger invented the pedal powered radio. It does beg the question how you'd use it if you were 'crook'. However, a picture of a woman talking, while her daughter pedaled, answered that puzzle. Here is Harry trying it out.

1 comment:

David Bradley said...

This look like a really nice facility and shows how even at small locations without much funding such facilities are serving people and as there will be doctors without responsible officers, contacting GMC can help.