Doctor makes flying visit to Roma
FROM working behind the scenes on a television show to the strict regime of the Norwegian Army, LifeFlight doctor Lars Oma has faced many challenges in his life.
Dr Oma has a passion for pre-hospital care and it is something that has led him to take up many interesting ventures, with the latest being his posting as a LifeFlight paramedic in Australia.
Travelling from Norway with his family, Dr Oma wanted to experience all the nation had to offer in terms of working as a paramedic in the sky.
"I've always wanted to be a part of the pre-hospital care in Australia because I find it interesting,” he said.
"It is a bit similar to what we do in Norway but in different kind of conditions.
"You guys have summer-like weather all year round,” he joked.
The anaesthetist is one of 22 new LifeFlight retrieval medicine recruits who have just completed two weeks of training to prepare them for their new roles as LifeFlight doctors at the 10 aeromedical bases around Queensland.
Dr Oma's first stint was here in Roma this week.
"I didn't really know what to expect, coming out to Roma, but I find this town really amazing,” he said.
"People are really friendly and everyone in the LifeFlight base here is fantastic.
"Working in an environment like this with a small team, it is super important that everyone is doing their best and it's about everyone on the rescue helicopter not just the doctor.”
Dr Oma is no stranger to working in an out-of-hospital environment, having been hired as a doctor for the Norwegian version of the television show, The Amazing Race.
"We flew around the globe more or less and ended up filming some of it in Sydney and Melbourne, in the Blue Mountains and on the east coast of Australia.,” he said.
Dr Oma will now move to the Townsville base, and then around the state.
Fellow LifeFlight paramedic Brad Solomon said it had been an honour to work alongside Dr Oma during his time in Roma.