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Above and beyond – LifeFlight doctor’s soaring career

From natural disasters to Intensive Care Units (ICU) across the globe, LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor, Ian Humble has experienced it all. 

Dr Humble first realised his passion for medical care on the football fields of Norwich - a city in England's Norfolk County - where he played state level rugby. 

The nature of the game meant Ian found himself in hospital more times than he’d care to remember. 

“It definitely spurred me onto becoming a medic along with familial cancer and the anxiety of dealing with that,” he said. 

Not long after he graduated from medicine, a close friend of Ian’s impaled himself on the handlebars of his bike during an accident. 

“At the time, both of us were working in ICU.  It was the most terrifying experience of my life to that point,” Ian said. 

Ian made the decision to move to Australia in 2008 with his wife and says he has ‘never looked back’. 

“My kids are Aussie, and we are citizens of this amazing country,” Ian said. 

Since the move, Ian has embraced the Australian way of life and has added to his resume, both professionally and personally.  

“We moved to Cairns for a one year holiday and left Cairns seven years later. 

“I was working with the hospital in the emergency department, ICU, anaesthetics and helping with medical education. I also got a taste for aeromedical retrieval during a decent stint with the Royal Flying Doctors,” he remembers. 

Dr Humble has also clocked up numerous hours volunteering his unique set of skills. 

His dedication to the cause earned him an Australia Day Certificate of Achievement from the Director-General for Excellence in Healthcare in 2014.

“In 2013 I was the Medical Commander of the Emergency Evacuation for Cyclone Yasi in Cairns,” Ian said. 

If one natural disaster wasn’t enough, a few years later Dr Humble spent the night helping anaesthetise the many burns victims from the Ravenshoe disaster. 

When Ian’s not saving lives, you’ll find him mountain biking or spending time with his family. 

“I have two boys aged five and three, Will and Tom.  They, along with my wife Sarah are the reason I’m so happy.  

"Family time helps me unwind, and any stress during the day dissolves as soon as I see their smiles,” he said. 

2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,342 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

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