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One size fits all - or does it? Looking back to plan for the future


Dean Taylor
Royal Flying Doctor Service - Queensland


Dr Dean Taylor has worked with aeromedical retrieval services across Australia, including 16 years with RFDS Qld where he holds specialist broad scope in retrieval medicine.
He has obtained FACRRM, FARGP, MPH(aeromedical), JCCA, GEM and aviation medicine qualifications.
Beyond clinical retrieval medicine he is interested in education and workforce development.


This presentation will explore differences between retrieval services casemix and discuss how this can help us plan for the future workforce education.

Aeromedical retrieval services are created to respond to community needs for health services. This presentation explores differences between populations and services. It asks the question - can we learn from the past to improve the future? Does one type of service suit all circumstances?

In this presentation we explore the interesting trends and apparent differences in case type between a rural / regional fixed wing retrieval service, a regional / metropolitan fixed wing service and an urban HEMS. This is achieved using a retrospective review of cases transported by the various services. The data will be contextualised with the limited literature in this area plus exemplary cases.  This will lead to an opportunity to discuss the implications for the ongoing aeromedical service design in the Australasian context.

Conclusion:  Retrieval service workforce design, education and equipment need to be tailored to the population, area and heath service system in which they function.



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