About the RFDS

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 over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres.

Our Mission

To provide excellence in aeromedical and primary health care across Australia

Graphic: Our Mission

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 is vital for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.

Guiding Values



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.

Man attending to patient next to plane

Aeromedical Retrieval

With a waiting room of 7.13 million square kilometres, we provide 24-hour aeromedical emergency services to country Australia.

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GP and Nurse Clinics

The RFDS provides regular fly-in fly-out GP, Nursing and Allied Health Clinics to rural and remote communities.

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aeromedical footprint

Graphic: Where your money goes


The RFDS relies on donations and support from people like you to keep us flying and saving lives on a daily basis.

There are lots of different ways to help, so whether you prefer to roll up your sleeves and do some fundraising or volunteering, or make a simple donation, we will be very appreciative.

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