Royal Flying Doctor Service

 The Royal Flying Doctor Service was the first comprehensive aerial medical organisation in the world, and to this day remains unique for the range of primary health care services, communication and education assistance it provides to people who live, work and travel in Australia's remote outback. The service depends on funds provided by the Australian, State and Territory Governments and contributions donated by the general public, businesses and the corporate sector. The RFDS has 16 bases servicing an area which covers more than 7 million square kilometres of Australia. "As Federal Member representing Deniliquin and as Deputy Prime Minister, I commend to you the project and the fundraising and I have no hesitation in commending the capability and integrity of Andrew Harper. In a world too often made bland by the rules laid down by Hollywood and television networks and all, this project is one of courage and endeavour and should enjoy support across the nation." The Hon.Tim Fischer MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, September 1998.

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