The disappearance of Gayle Woodford – This week on AUSTRALIAN STORY


Gayle Woodford disappeared from her home in 2016 while she was working on call as a remote area nurse in the South Australian Indigenous community, Fregon.

Days later she was found murdered. 

Her death ignited a debate about the security issues for medical staff working in outback areas.

This weeks episode, The Final Call updates Australian Story’s coverage of the case three years ago with a fresh look at the family’s journey and the issues that surround it.

Gayle’s family has spent the past five years navigating the complexities of South Australia’s legal system in a bid both to find answers and to ensure that medical staff are better protected.

“What would we as Australians do without the nurses and the doctors and the carers? Surely they should be able to go to work and be safe?”

says her husband, Keith Woodford.

The South Australian coroner recently concluded his inquiry into Gayle’s death and has made 12 recommendations in a bid to prevent such a tragedy happening again. This includes looking at a permanent police presence in Fregon.

“During the inquest we learnt about the vast number of systems and government and non-government organisations that really let Gayle down and made her vulnerable to her attack,”

says her former work colleague and friend, Belinda Schultz.

AUSTRALIAN STORY – FINAL CALL airs Monday 7 June at 8pm AET on ABC TV and ABC iview

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. Media enquiries please Call or Text 0428-275-111


  1. What a bitter sweet documentary, the police and indigenous corporation where extremely silent throughout it. This does not surprise because indigenous peoples are way too busy playing the victim card whereas western society is quickly becoming their slaves. It all starts with the media and the politics being way to scared to say it how it actually is…


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