The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease focuses on improving the heart health and outcomes of groups and communities i.e. Regional Australians, Indigenous Australians and International Health

Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS)

Research Stream: Regional Australians 


The Centre for Primary Care and Prevention partnered with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Victoria to undertake free cardiovascular and diabetes screening services for people living in regional and rural communities who are known to have poorer health outcomes and increased risk factors. The Centre for Primary Care and Prevention designed the screening program and provided training to volunteer medical and nursing students to undertake the health assessments in the field. 


The RFDS of Australia is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. The RFDS Victoria have been working in the primary health care space in rural locations since 2012 to support the Rural Women’s GP Service, Mobile Dental Services, Diabetes Telehealth and Mobile Eye Care.



Royal Flying Doctor Service


Joining forces - RFDS Victoria and Baker IDI staff


2012 - 2015


Investigator team

  • Associate Professor Melinda Carrington Centre Director, Primary Care and Prevention and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Dr Yih Kai Chan Research Fellow, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
  • Ms Glynis Cacavas Research Program Manager, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute