The Satellite: Air angels join LifeFlight's ranks

By Staff Writers

THOMAS Holland grew up in remote Borneo and says seeing countless childhood friends being airlifted by air ambulances to health care overseas inspired him to become a flight doctor years later.

Dr Holland is one of 24 new doctors from around the globe who has swapped hospitals for helicopters as they they take up positions as air retrieval registrars on LifeFlight aircraft across Queensland.

A rigorous two-week training program at LifeFlight's Training Academy prepared the new recruits for life on the frontline of emergency medicine.

"After I started my career in emergency medicine, the appeal of air-medical retrievals was more the professional and intellectual challenges it entailed,” he said.