Australia is a big place -- 7.69 million square kilometres  -- and with a relatively small population of 25 million people. Two-thirds of our population live around the regional coastlines and the remaining live across rural and remote areas -- sometimes more than an 8-hour drive to the closest township. Access to health services can be a problem.

RFDS Season 2

The eagerly anticipated return of "RFDS" is lighting up screens across Australia. With its gripping mix of action and heartfelt storytelling, the show continues to spotlight the incredible work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

This new season promises more heart-pounding rescues and personal victories against Australia's stunning backdrop. Available on 7Plus, "RFDS" is set to once again captivate audiences with its riveting narrative and authentic portrayal of dedication. 

Listen to the award-winning Flying Doctor podcast, with real stories of real patients and RFDS staff on our podcast below.

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Latest news stories

Ella with her baby on the RFDS Flight

#88 Ella was 35 weeks pregnant & driving an outback truck when her waters broke!

25 Apr 2024

Ella and Dave, transport company owners, embarked on a final trip from Perth to Kimberley before their baby's arrival. Unexpectedly, at 35 weeks pregnant, Ella's waters broke in the remote outback, far from medical help. They faced an urgent journey to reach the nearest hospital

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Leia at Fortescue HQ

Leia's Story

22 Apr 2024

As a fly-in fly-out HR professional for 15 years, Leia Piccoli had witnessed many mining colleagues require an RFDS retrieval in a medical emergency. She had never expected to need the service herself.

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Services taken for granted in the city are routinely just not possible outside metro areas, and this creates real hardship for the families and communities living in the bush. 

We at the RFDS work to reduce the disparity in health service access. We bring emergency medical and primary health services to those areas that don't have access. We make it possible for people to live, work and travel across this large continent.

Graphic: Acknowledgement Strip

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them, their cultures and to Elders past and present.