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RFDS Impact Statement - May 2023

A message from Meredith Staib, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctors Service (Queensland Section)

The past year has been yet another display in Queensland resilience. There’s no denying that this year has been challenging. Distribution shortages have often left our grocery store shelves bare, our annual inflation rate climbed to its highest in over 32 years and 11 interest rate hikes within a 12-month period has put individuals and families under considerable strain. Amongst the financial pressures, the common daily challenges of life continue to impact Queenslanders across the state, which makes access to mental health and wellbeing services all the more critical. From clinical support with mental health disorders to simply having a friendly face to chat to, our team continues to help make a difference for people having a difficult time.

This year our passionate and dedicated RFDS Mental Health Clinicians provided care and support to over 12, 200 people and worked hard to adapt and transform our services to ensure that our mental health support remains accessible to everyone, no matter how rural or remote.

To read Meredith's full message and find out more about how the funds raised from our 2022 ride have been used, please click here.


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