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RFDS delivers primary health care to Andamooka, Marla & Marree

Date published

11 Jan 2016

RFDS Central Operations is both pleased and proud to have been chosen to provide primary health care services to Andamooka, Marla and Marree communities in partnership with SA Health.

"We acknowledge the trust the SA Government places in the ability of the RFDS to deliver essential primary health care services to the highest standards to these rural and remote communities," says Tony Vaughan, Acting CEO of RFDS Central Operations.

"We have been a long-term provider of primary health care services through our Marree Health Service to the Marree and Birdsville Track communities, and are delighted we will be able to expand our services to Andamooka and Marla."

The RFDS has been the lead provider of emergency aeromedical and essential primary health care services in rural and remote South Australia since 1939. Last year, the RFDS assisted more than 22,000 people – equivalent to someone every 23 minutes.

Mr Vaughan said the communities of Andamooka and Marla would benefit from integration with RFDS practice management services based in Port Augusta which include 24 hours a day access to telehealth services, GP 'fly-in' clinics and emergency aeromedical services.

Mr Vaughan said across the three locations RFDS will provide:

  • a Registered Nurse primary health care service;
  • after-hours emergency nurse service;
  • community-based primary health education and chronic disease management;
  • emergency and non-emergency ambulance services; and
  • support to SA Ambulance and local volunteer ambulance crews.

It means that RFDS CO will continue providing primary health care services to the communities of Marree and the Birdsville Track through its Marree Health Service as it has done for more than a decade.

As of 1 January 2016, RFDS took over the running of health services in Andamooka and Marla.

"We look forward to providing these services to the highest RFDS standard for many years to come," Mr Vaughan says.

See the announcement by Country Health SA here.