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Providing aeromedical care to remote Indigenous communities

Posted on: 12 December, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 4, October 2016 – December 2016
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Bishop L, Laverty M, Gale L (2016)
Providing aeromedical care to remote Indigenous communities
Canberra: Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) produced this research and policy paper to identify the main causes of illness and injury for remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The paper was also developed to highlight the impact of illnesses and injuries on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to describe the role of the RFDS in providing aeromedical retrievals to ensure equity of access to care for sick or injured Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The paper presents both quantitative data around the illnesses and injuries experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are transported by the RFDS to receive medical care in a tertiary hospital, and descriptive data around the other services the RFDS provides to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This paper presents national data on the causes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths and hospitalisations, and specific information around remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The research and policy paper comprises six sections:

  • introduction
  • purpose of the report
  • the general health status of Indigenous peoples throughout the world, in Australia, and in remote and rural areas of Australia
  • a broad description of the suite of healthcare services provided by the RFDS and those accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • RFDS aeromedical retrieval data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • conclusion.

Abstract adapted from authors

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