Royal Flying Doctor Service headed to Tasmania’s schools

August 28, 2022 10:25 pm in by

RFDS education officer Tom Ryan at John Calvin School during the 2020 tour

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Education Simulator Tour has been booked out in record time.

The initiative features the RFDS Victoria aeromedical education simulator for an interactive display and informative presentations by education officer Tom Ryan.

A life-size Beechcraft King Air plane replica (minus wings) is towed from town to town as a part of the biennial tour, with volunteers travelling to 23 schools over five weeks.

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The interactive aeromedical simulator is a life-sized replica of the fuselage and cockpit of a Flying Doctor aircraft.

Students will be learning in an interactive cockpit complete with avionics, a propeller, flight simulator and is equipped with stretchers, oxygen, suction and communications.

RFDS Tasmania acting CEO Nicole Henty said the joy and engagement created by the special presentation is priceless.

“The students are able to explore and role play in the simulator and learn about what we do, but it also teaches some of the important health messaging delivered through our primary health programs and it helps us achieve our vision of improving health outcomes for Tasmanians, through education,” Ms Henty said.

The tour starts this coming Monday (August 29, 2022) and will start in Deloraine.

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The volunteers will then through the north, down to St Helens, through to Hobart and Bruny Island before heading to Smithton, Stanley and Wynyard.

To learn more about the simulator and RFDS program, click here.


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