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27Partyline July 2013 Brett Swain, and, again, myself with Erin. What struck me was the number of people who wanted to talk about suicide in the face of its prevalence in their community. So we took the health message using live theatre, which many in the audience had never seen before, to a wide cross section of people in the outback. Not a great number in total. But that is surely the function of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. You measure the value of their service not by the number of people they treat or transport, but by the fact that they are there for those who need them. So, too, I like to feel that was the function of HealthPlay. It took a health message to a number of people who needed to hear it. And it seemed to me they appreciated it along with the medical aid delivered by the doctors. On behalf of my cast I would to thank the RFDS Central Operations CEO John Lynch, Dr John Setchell, our pilots, especially Gary Hollywood Williams and the indefatigable Mary-Jane Honner and of course, all the wonderful support teams in the various communities we visited. And it all started at the National Rural Health Conference in Perth. Alan Hopgood AM alanhopgood@ baystreetproductions.com.au Below: The cast of Six Degrees of Diabetes: Alan Hopgood, Hamish Hughes and Matthew King. PHOTO: ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE
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