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Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres.

The RFDS has established flight paths that reach across the Australian continent, with a fleet of 77 planes and 23 aero-bases.

The challenges of health access outside Australia’s cities make the Flying Doctor’s services vital to those who live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.

RFDS is delivered by a dedicated team of professionals, using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, and supported by a vast number of volunteers and supporters. The RFDS also has a large road service fleet which provides non-emergency health transport services to those in regional Victoria and New South Wales.

Vision and mission

To provide excellence in aeromedical and primary health care across Australia.

To save lives and resolve health service access inequity to improve health outcomes for those that live in the bush.

How the Royal Flying Doctor Service can help

With a waiting room of 7.69 million square kilometres, the RFDS provides 24-hour aeromedical emergency services that can reach anywhere, no matter how remote, within hours. Combined with telehealth consultations, fly-in fly-out GP and Nurse clinics, mobile dental services, patient transfers, and a myriad of other health services, the RFDS is constantly working to see that those living in rural and remote areas can enjoy the same health outcomes as those living in city areas.

Information / help lines

  • Call 02 9941 8859 for general enquires, Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST, or email: enquiries@rfdsse.org.au
  • In an emergency call 000
  • If you do not have access to hospital services in your local area and require the Royal Flying Doctors services call (08) 8088 1188 for 24 hour emergency medical help

Programs, apps and tools

Recommended links

Last reviewed: July 2020

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RFDS in your state – QLD | Royal Flying Doctor Service

RFDS in your state – QLD

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Patient Transfers | Royal Flying Doctor Service

Patient Transfers

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Flying Doctor dental programs | Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides dental health and dental care programs across many states of Australia.

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Flying Doctor clinics | Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides GP & Nurse clinics across rural and remote Australia to make primary health services available to the Outback

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RFDS in your state – WA | Royal Flying Doctor Service

RFDS in your state – WA

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RFDS in your state – VIC | Royal Flying Doctor Service

RFDS in your state – VIC

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Flying Doctor Mental Health programs | Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides many different Mental Health programs to those living in rural and remote Australia.

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What does the RFDS do? | Royal Flying Doctor Service

Details of services provided by the Flying Doctor Australia wide. Including life-saving emergency evacuations and comprehensive primary healthcare

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Rural Womens GP Services | Royal Flying Doctor Service

Rural Womens GP Services

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Aeromedical retrieval NSW & ACT | Royal Flying Doctor Service

RFDS aeromedical crews evacuate injured people from emergency situations in the Australian Outback.

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