Making moves in healthcare

Fly2Health Group is an allied health service based in Perth, which regularly flies physiotherapists and other allied health clinicians out to rural and remote towns and communities in Western Australia and Queensland. In Motion’s Melissa Trudinger talks to founder and pilot Kennedy Lay about flying and physiotherapy.

When COVID-19 brought Australia to a standstill in 2020, physiotherapist Kennedy Lay jumped at the opportunity to investigate alternative careers, putting his career in private practice on hold while he pursued a commercial pilot’s licence with Qantas. Ironically, completing the commercial training pathway made Kennedy realise that he didn’t want to work as a commercial pilot.

“I’d always wanted to be a pilot as a boy but after finishing the program I realised how mundane commercial piloting is,” Kennedy says.

A conversation with one of his physiotherapy clients gave Kennedy a way to combine his two careers.

“One of my clients is the CEO of a charter aircraft company—they have a fleet of about 40 aircraft—and he said to me, “Why don’t you combine the two and start flying yourself to rural and remote WA?”’ Kennedy says.