Thursday, ABC, 8pm
Having to make a trip to the emergency department is not something anyone plans on but, if you live in a capital city, the time and effort it takes to get there is hardly the biggest hurdle. Spare a thought then for our country’s outback citizens, who are the subject of this eye-opening documentary series. Set in and around remote Broken Hill, Outback ER takes a look at one of the most unusual emergency departments in the country. Medical response teams in this isolated part of the country don’t have time to mess about: they are challenged with snakebites, heart attacks, farm accidents and no-nonsense patients who’d rather ignore the problem. Fascinating viewing.