Royal Flying Doctor Service Low on Outback Pilots That 'Help Save Lives'

For many, travelling 600,000 square kilometres for work isn’t in the normal day-to-day distance. For pilot Elliott Johnston, this is the norm.  

Tucked away in the outback of Queensland lives a twin turbo-prop plane that’s stored in a World WAR II hangar.  

The hangar is now home to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RDFS), an air commute for doctors and nurses responding to remote emergencies and clinics.  

Often labelled ‘the key to the outback’s survival’, the RDFS are on the hunt to fill rewarding positions for trained and upcoming pilots to help save lives.  

The pandemic caused many pilots to contemplate a career change due to the decrease in travel. Now that the travel industry is back up and running, smaller organisations like RDFS are receiving less applications.

If you love hair-raising landings, outback living and long-hours that help save lives; then this might be worth looking into.  

So many people living in isolated areas in Queensland rely on the RDFS to help with emergencies like snake bites, heart conditions and illnesses.  

Mr Johnston, who attended Aviation State High School said his move to the outback was a lifelong goal achieved and “in my opinion, it’s the best job in the world”.  

"We get to lie around on the couch all day, read a book, watch Netflix while the doctors and nurse do all the hard work, then we fly them home in the afternoon," he said.