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RACQ CareFlight Rescue in the international spotlight

Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s lifesaving work is the subject of an international documentary team.

For ten days a film crew from France’s Medecine d'ailleurs (Medicine from Around the World) is following CareFlight aircrews as they go about their daily lives.

“They are flying on missions and getting a firsthand account of the lifesaving pre-hospital care RACQ CareFlight Rescue does,” CareFlight’s Sunshine Coast Clinical Lead Doctor Andrew Hughes said.

The documentary Presenter, Frenchman Bernard Fontanille, is himself an Emergency Rescue Doctor with more than 1,000 hours in rescue helicopters in Europe.

He and a cameraman travel the world interviewing medical teams who take care of others.

“We have been in some exotic locations from a Kenyan village, through to on the high seas with medical crews attending to fishermen,” Bernard said.

“We head to Japan next.

“This is the first time that we have looked at Australian medicine and CareFlight’s aero-medical work was a natural choice.”

The final 26 minute segment will feature as part of the second season of Medecine d'ailleurs on the prestigious Arte Channel and will be seen by a global audience of millions, in countries including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada and Sweden.

“This international audience will help in the recruitment of overseas doctors who fly on all CareFlight aircraft, Queensland Rescue helicopters and on two Royal Flying Doctors fixed wing aircraft,” Doctor Hughes said

“It’s hoped doctors will see the exciting, lifesaving work CareFlight does and want to be a part of it.

“As a not-for-profit we could never afford this sort of publicity.”

Filming wraps up on June 14.

The CareFlight documentary segment is expected to air on Arte in January.