Colleen Reid – Committee Member

RFDS Flight Nurse

RN/RM with Post Graduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval, Post Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Health Aspects of Disaster Medicine. I have currently deferred studies for my Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  I hold ALSO, TNCC, MIMMS commander and Remote Pre-Hospital Trauma Response qualifications. Previously I have also completed training with AusMAT (Australian Medical Assistance Team).

I was a student nurse in 2005 with RFDS QLD section and just knew flight nursing was the job for me. Lots of amazing international travel and jobs all across the north from FNQ to the NT and into WA, including working out on some remote islands followed. So it wasn’t until 9 years later, while travelling in South America, I decided to apply for the midwifery scholarship with RFDS Western Operations. I was successful and had to move from Derby, WA to Brisbane, QLD to complete my midwifery studies. I then was posted to the RFDS base in Kalgoorlie, WA in 2015. Working as a flight nurse ever since with a passion to help unite and drive this industry further for all flight nurses. I manage education and student placements in Kalgoorlie and I enjoy passing on the passion of flight nursing to student nurses, recruiting for the future of our industry. Last year I was lucky enough to be one of the recipients of the Kaye Melmeth Grant and attend the COASTN aeromedical retrieval course in New Zealand which was a fantastic experience.

I grew up in the NT on Groote Eylandt and have worked in many communities developing a passion for Indigenous Health. I have a keen interest in photography and have the best job to see lots of amazing things you don’t see anywhere else. I am married with (soon to be) two children and in any spare time we have we like to play sport, camp and travel.