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Clinical team takes to the sky

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

Pastor David Shrimpton (from left) with Uniting registered nurse Amanda Raddatz, exercise physiologist Kate Butler and support advisor Mel Chynoweth. PICTURE: Myles Burt Pastor David Shrimpton (from left) with Uniting registered nurse Amanda Raddatz, exercise physiologist Kate Butler and support advisor Mel Chynoweth. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Uniting took to the skies last week with The Flying Padre sending out its first ever clinical team to Ivanhoe.

Pastor David Shrimpton usually flies around the Far West to provide spiritual and chaplaincy services on behalf of the Uniting Church.

He has partnered up with Uniting to fly staff members across the outback for the last two to three years.

Pastor Shrimpton decided to triple his load by flying out a clinical team so Uniting can better assist their staff and patients in the Far West.

Exercise physiologist Kate Butler said having the chance to fly out to Ivanhoe was a massive help for their medical services.

“Being able to have this opportunity with the Flying Padre and being able to collaborate together is just amazing,” she said.

Ms Butler said the benefits of flying gave Uniting staff more time with their patients compared to the hours instead spent driving to and from towns. 

“It’s just supporting our staff out there and giving them training as well,” Ms Butler said.

“So they can continue it when we’re not there.

“It’s all about making sure that the client we have has the best support around them, to say actually we are here, we can come out whenever you’d like us to.

“Because they’re the heart and soul of everything that we do.”

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