CODE FOR DOC­TOR

Australian Geographic - - Your Say -

When­ever I hear about the

Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, I re­mem­ber one of my un­cles who was a doc­tor in the Netherlands. The first time we met, he told me that he and his col­leagues were in­trigued about the med­i­cal cod­ing sys­tem the ser­vice uses. As my mother was an ex-nurse, she took great pride in say­ing that the code had been de­vised by a bush nurse in West­ern Aus­tralia. John Flynn’s “man­tle of safety” would never ex­ist if it weren’t for the unique syn­ergy of every­one in­volved.

MICHAEL WOUTERS, BUND­ABERG, QLD

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