Royal Flying Doctor Service gains access to Elsevier's ClinicalKey

Elsevier said it is providing the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) access to ClinicalKey, Elsevier´s primary online clinical information tool to help doctors, nurses and other health professionals access the latest clinical information through mobile devices.

ClinicalKey facilitates evidence-based clinical decision-making for practitioners on the go, assisting RFDS´ provision of vital health services to rural Australia.

The RFDS provides critical medical services to rural and remote parts of Australia. A recent report by the Centre for International Economics details that death rates in remote areas are thirty five percent higher than in cities, and life expectancy of country people is two years shorter than for city people. Country people see doctors half as often as those in the city, specialists a third as often, and mental health services a fifth as often.

“The RFDS prides itself on a long history of aeromedical care to Australia and is continually building its resources so RFDS teams are well equipped,” said Martin Laverty, CEO of the RFDS Federation. “ClinicalKey gives our RFDS health professionals another tool in their toolkit to handle medical retrievals, as well as the ongoing health management for patients.”

The RFDS gratefully appreciates donations that are crucial to ensure that both emergency and primary health services can continue to be provided in rural and remote Australia, and Laverty said that the organization wishes to thank Elsevier for its donation of access to ClinicalKey for the more than 200 clinical staff in the RFDS.

The RFDS is best known for aeromedical retrieval, but it also provides GP and nurse clinics, tele-health, dental care, mental health programs, mobile patient care and healthy living and wellness programs.

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