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Heathcote Health celebrates Outback Morning Tea

By Vanessa Wiltshire

NOVEMBER 25 is a special date, particularly for communities in regional and remote Australia.

The day is the birthdate of the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Services, Rev John Flynn. To celebrate and help raise awareness and much-needed funds, workplaces around the country held an ‘Outback Morning Tea'.

Heathcote Health responded to the call, with some staff donning Akubras for the occasion.

Customer and consumer relationship manager Sandra Whytcross said she felt it was important to hold a morning tea. “I organised this as we have the Royal Flying Doctors Service at Heathcote Health. The Outback Morning Tea is an event RFDS holds yearly and I thought we should get on board.”

Community fundraising co-ordinator Rohan Morris said the morning tea was an ode to all things Australian.

“It’s about celebrating the much-loved pastime of having a cuppa with your mates,” he said.

“We encourage people to whip up a family-favourite, or an old-school Aussie treat.

“In doing so, you’re fundraising for the Flying Doctor and supporting the many services it provides to Aussies in the bush, including health services like dental, eye care, wellbeing and telehealth.”

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisation in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency services to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres.

In Victoria the organisation has almost 600 dedicated staff delivering patient transport and desperately needed health programs.