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Book details
  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Emergency Medicine
  • Language:English
  • Pages:152
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781483580678
  • Paperback ISBN:9781483580661

Flying Adventure Through the Outback of Australia

by Patricia Walcyk

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This adventurous anthropology book delves into the life of people who live in outback Australia. Dr. Walcyk was a young doctor when she decided to apply for a grant to have an adventurous experience. It is an inspiration for young women to have a sense of achievement and fulfillment in striving to do something different in life. The book describes how the Royal Flying Doctor Service works in Western Australia to provide medical care to outback inhabitants. The inhabitants are Aboriginal natives and those who  immigrated to Australia. It also recounts the influences of the outback on the people who populate the area. Aboriginal culture and belief systems are explored and the cultural systems are discussed. Lastly it describes the effects of airplane travel on people with medical conditions and the beginnings of the flying doctor service to use airplanes for medical services.


Dr. Walcyk combines a sense of adventure, a message of perseverance and enjoyment of the beauty of nature in this book. An inspiration to write this book developed out of a wish to share encouragement to young people to strive to do something different in life and fulfill their dreams. She describes her adventures while working with the Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia. The book describes how she was able to live in the vast outback area of Western Australia while providing medical care to inhabitants in remote areas of Australia. The inhabitants include metal miners, sheep station farmers and Aboriginals. It describes how these people live, their belief systems and how Western medical care integrates with Aboriginal belief systems. Aborignal culture has existed and thrived for over 50,000 years. They are a thriving culture that has kept their belief system intact. They respect the land and the land is part of their beings. What does this really mean? Dr. Walcyk shares excitement, awe and beauty of the outback.

About the author
Dr. Patricia Walcyk is a board-certified preventive medicine doctor experienced in providing compassionate care to her patients. She has a zest for learning and determination that with an attitude of humor and perseverance, life is an adventure. Dr. Walcyk graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. She practiced industrial medicine and became Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. She worked for Exxon/Paramins and then with Hawaii Permanente Medical Group in Honolulu, Hawaii. With experience in treating people who have suffered both physical and emotional trauma, she teaches people ways to navigate through periods of mayhem into a life of focus and peace. She has lectured corporate staff, physicians and the public in medical subjects, continuing education and preventive medicine. Her love of art is pursued by practicing intermediate/advanced Argentine tango, gardening, reading, travel, writing and speaking Italian and French. Through writing she wishes to impart to others encouragement to pursue one’s dreams while incorporating a bit of humor and adventure to one’s daily routines.
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