Before the Royal Flying Doctor Service - Fundraiser Event

Before the Royal Flying Doctor Service - Fundraiser Event

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The birth of an icon, as told by an icon


Have a wonderful night of Western Australian medical history and help raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and the Western Australian Medical Museum.  This fundraiser will be held and hosted by Emeritus Professor Max Kamien and presented by Dr Joe Holland's grandson - Peter Holland. 

Hear from the contemporaneous diary entries of Dr Joe Holland.  His mercy dash from Perth to Halls Creek, by cattle ship, model T Ford, horse and foot.  

July 29, 1917 - Dr Joe Holland, a West Perth GP, is called to the Murray Street post office to 'consult' with Fred Tuckett, the postmaster at Halls Creek (population 20).  A stockman, Jimmy Darcy, has been crushed by his fallen horse and has not passed urine for 68 hours.  Dr Holland diagnoses a ruptured urethra and through morse code, instructs Fred Tuckett on placing a supra-pubic catheter into Jimmy Darcy's bladder.  The operation, done with a pocket knife, is successful.  Fred Tuckett says he would be grateful if Dr Holland would come to Halls Creek to take charge of Jimmy Darcy's care.  It took 26 days for Dr John Holland to get to Halls Creek.  His mission of mercy attracted national attention.  It was an important link in the chain of events that led to the establishment of an outback Aeromedical Service now known as the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

Evening Schedule:
6:30pm - Doors open 
7:30pm - Show to commence
8:30pm - Light refreshments and networking opportunity
9:30pm - Event Concludes

Tickets $75 per person

For enquiries, please contact the CPD team CPD@ruralhealthwest.com.au

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