Careflight urges doctors to get on the frontline

QUEENSLAND'S iconic aeromedical rescue service, CareFlight, is calling on doctors to consider joining it for a six-month tour.

The service has released a new video to capture the imagination of Australasian doctors looking to complete their medical training in frontline critical care.

"How many doctors can say they landed on the deck of a cargo vessel to retrieve an injured sailor or they were winched down into bushland to help a bushwalker?" CareFlight clinical director Dr Tim Harraway said.

"And that's just the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter service.

"CareFlight doctors are on board RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) jets, our own medically equipped air ambulances and the entire Queensland Government air-medical fleet."

Currently, European doctors make up the bulk of CareFlight doctors.

"They are amazing and we love having them, but it would be great if more Australian and New Zealand doctors came on board," Dr Harraway said.

"The expert skills gained working as a CareFlight pre-hospital intensive care specialist could then be channelled back into our hospitals closer to home."

The six months spent with CareFlight counts towards both the doctors' degrees and further teaching.

They undergo a rigorous two weeks of training in air-medical emergencies, at CareFlight's specialised training academy.

That includes operational necessities for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, pre-hospital care, winching operations, disaster management, helicopter-escape training and international retrieval.

Some doctors love the adventure so much that they opt to stay beyond their six-month tour.


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