Royal Flying Doctors go to Rio

RIO Tinto is to fund Queensland’s Royal Flying Doctor Service through a five-year, $1.25 million partnership to help regional Queenslander’s better deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Royal Flying Doctors of Queensland

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The money will go into RFDS Queensland's COVID-19 emergency fund, to help improve emergency and remotely delivered health care services across the state and boost the service's defences in the fight against COVID-19.

It will also go toward the building of a patient transfer facility in Weipa and upgrades to the existing patient transfer facility in Gladstone and contribute to an aeromedical retrieval simulation hub in Bundaberg.

The federal government has committed $15 million to the hub, which will train aeromedical professionals using virtual reality, augmented reality and high-fidelity immersive training scenarios.

RFDS Queensland CEO Meredith Staib said the million-dollar partnership would allow the service to deliver even greater levels of care across the state.

"Improving our infrastructure does require a significant investment and strategic partnerships such as this will allow us to do just that," she said.

Rio Tinto aluminium Pacific operations managing director Kellie Parker said the Flying Doctor provided a vital service to remote and rural areas.

She said the partnership would help improve medical access and services for people in those areas across the state, including where the company operated, at Gladstone and on Cape York Peninsula.

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