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About Flight Nurses Australia

Flight Nursing within Australia has a long and proud history. The first Flight Nurse flew with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in 1945. Since 1938, however, Nurses employed by hospitals were seconded to the role. Traditionally Flight Nurses have worked full time for fixed wing aero-medical organisations as the sole practitioners for the majority of patients transported by their services. These Flight Nurses have been responsible for the establishment of operational, clinical and professional standards.

Flight Nurses Australia is a body created to promote Flight Nursing as a specific field, to facilitate communications between Flight Nurses in Australiasia and ensure nursing practices specific to the aviation/transport area are maintained and enhanced.

Providing Nursing services to people in aviation/transport settings, this presents its own distinct challenges and rewards for those involved. It is also not a field of Nursing that most people would necessarily have considered, unless they have had experienced it first hand.

Flight Nursing is unique in its requirements because of the need to combine experience in a wide variety of areas.
Flight Nurses Australia was established in 1994 to support men and women working in aviation/transport settings in the Australian region.

The Objectives of Flight Nurses Australia are to:

Provide a unified voice for flight nurses in the Australia region, promoting their general welfare, educational standards, professional interests and to uphold the status of flight nursing as a professional nursing speciality;

Uphold the role of the flight nurse as a valuable member of any aeromedical crew;

Facilitate and promote flight nursing knowledge through continuing education by way of newsletters and seminars;

Maintain a forum for communication and co-operation amongst flight nurses and other medical and non-medical personnel;

Develop national standards for nursing practice for flight nurses in the Australian region and to promote the delivery of quality care to our patients in the aviation/transport environment;

Promote research that relates to the impact of health delivery in the aviation/transport environment;

Act as an advisory body for aeromedical information relating to nursing practice in the aviation/transport environment.

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