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We acknowledge and pay our respects to the custodians and elders of all First Nations peoples, across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.

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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.







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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.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service works to reduce the disparity of 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.

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