Karen's Story

Royal Flying Doctors Service
Royal Flying Doctors Service - Karen's Story in VR

Keep the flying doctors flying 


  • To raise awareness of vital RFDS community services
  • To generate revenue to continue their amazing work
  • Engage potential donees with a 360° experience
  • Create a 'first hand' experience for education and conferences


  • Produced a four-minute VR immersive experience
  • The Start Beyond team worked closely with the RFDS
  • The experience was shot documentary-style with real-life RFDS members
  • Recounted from the perspective of survivor Karen
  • Filmed on location over 2 days in Cairns


  • ‘Keep the Flying Doctors Flying’ was activated in October 2016
  • Launched publicly on The Flying Doctors YouTube
  • The VR immersive experience puts users into the world of the RFDS
  • Viewers see RDFS clinic runs and emergencies

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Royal Flying Doctors Service VR Event Activation
Royal Flying Doctors Service VR Aircraft
Lana Mitchell
The activation was incredible. We were inundated for three hours at the conference opening with people wanting to watch the VR and the feedback has been really really good. All of the Federation Staff have seen the experience and are very excited. Feedback from the CEO was that it is superb! Many of those who watched the VR (who are remote emergency nurses) actually cried and said they were emotionally touched by the story and by the film. Many people enthusiastically state that it is incredible, far more than they had ever experienced, and that they felt completely “there”.
Lana Mitchell
Communications Manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service Australia
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