The Royal Flying Doctor Service 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 that live, work and travel across the 7.69 million square kilometres of Australia.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been saving lives in rural and remote Australia for more than 90 years. 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 provides a lifeline for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia. 

Established in 1928 by the Reverend John Flynn, the RFDS has grown to become the world’s largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisation. 

Services are delivered on a day-to-day basis by six RFDS operating sections – Central Operations, Queensland Section, South Eastern Section, Tasmania Section, Victoria Section and Western Operations.

The RFDS is helping over 1000 people every day

Below is a snapshot of the work we have done in the last year alone.

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Saw 337,686 patients


Held 23,633 Nurse, GP and Dental clinics

28,953,688 km's flown last year

Flew 28,953,688 km's

Guiding Values

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



Our people are dedicated and passionate about bringing first class health and emergency services to people in the bush. We are very much part of the communities we service. ​



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. Our job is all about doing all we can to improve health outcomes and save lives.



Operating across vast distances, harsh landscapes, and in far from ideal conditions, necessitates resilience, resourcefulness, innovation and a continual striving for excellence.

See where our planes are flying throughout Australia
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