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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RFDS CEO judith barker receives Australia Day Honours

RFDS CEO receives Australia Day Honours

27 Jan 2023

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Remote cattle station in NT

A Jackaroo is hemorrhaging in remote and NT and his mates have to get him to hospital

23 Jan 2023

Early last year Chris and Betty Katsogiannis received a call from their son Nicholas, who was in remote NT and had a post-operative bleed that he was unable to quell. This started a desperate dash to Tennant Creek hospital, many hours away.

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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.

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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.