To provide health care services to all who live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been serving the Australian community for 79 years. From humble beginnings in 1928, the RFDS now has a fleet of 47 aircraft operating from 21 bases around the country. Over 200,000 people are assisted by the RFDS every year.
RFDS Central Operations is responsible for delivering aero-medical services throughout South Australia and the southern part of the Northern Territory from bases in Adelaide, Port Augusta and Alice Springs. In 2007/07 the RFDS flew over 4.5 million kilometres and made over 51,000 patient contacts.
Traditionally recognised for the provision of emergency services, the RFDS today has expanded its role to incorporate a broader range of services to rural and remote Australia whilst increasingly providing critical support in urban centres. These services include for example, the regular transfer of people living in Adelaide to hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney for a variety of surgical procedures including organ transplants, paediatric cardiac surgery and other specialist treatment. Increasing travel by city based people to regional areas, whether for work or recreation, is also placing a greater call on the Service.
The RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation and whilst supported by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, relies heavily on fundraising initiatives to finance the purchase and medical fit-out of our aircraft and other major capital initiatives.
Today the RFDS' services include:
- Emergency flights for victims of accident or illness.
- Regular clinic flights to isolated communities with teams of doctors, nurses and specialists.
- Inter-hospital transfers to enable higher levels of care to be provided when necessary.
- A Rural Women's GP Service which operates in 23 locations across South Australia and the Northern Territory.
- The operation of the Marree Health Service, Ayers Rock Medical Centre and Tennant Creek General Practice.
- A Community Health Nurse, Mental Health Nurse and Aboriginal Health Coordinator with a focus on serving people and communities across South Australia from our Port Augusta base.
- A Primary Care Outreach Program.
- Radio and telephone medical consultations with isolated patients.
- The provision of medical chests to isolated persons and communities.
- An Emergency Rural Training Prgram.
- A First Aid Training Program.
- A Health Living Program.
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