Flying docs provide free hearing checks

©Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria

Australia’s iconic aeromedical service, the Flying Doctors, have joined forces with the Wimmera Hearing Society to provide free hearing checks at Warragul Farm World. This year’s Farm World at Lardner Park – which ran from March 21st to 24th - coincided with the 85th anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Australia. RFDS Victoria General Manager Health, Gary Layton, said an estimated 60 per cent of farmers had some hearing loss due to noise exposure. “We’ve joined with the Wimmera Hearing Society to provide hearing checks to help people look after their hearing,” Mr Layton said.

“As well as supporting emergency and primary health care throughout Australia, RFDS Victoria is working to improve health outcomes for Victorians – particularly in rural areas.” The RFDS Victoria stand also featured the aeromedical simulator – a life-sized replica of a Flying Doctors plane fuselage – giving visitors a chance to see what it’s like for crews and patients inside a real Flying Doctors plane.

“Kids – and adults for that matter – love getting inside the simulator to experience what it would be like for a Flying Doctor crew and patients going to hospital,” Mr Layton said. The stand will also include information about the Flying Doctors’ work throughout Australia and feature merchandise to support the RFDS.

“It’s also a chance for visitors to Farm World to help us celebrate the 85th anniversary of the first Flying Doctors flight in Queensland in 1928,” Mr Layton said.

The not-for-profit Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has been taking the care to the furthest corners of Australia since 1928. The service provides 24 hour emergency cover to 80% of the Australian continent with a modern fleet of specially equipped aircraft. In Victoria, the RFDS delivers patient transport and rural health programs.