RFDS Dental services in Lightening Ridge NSW

Australian Government shores up RFDS Primary Healthcare and Dental Services for Rural and Remote Aus

Date published

15 May 2024

The Royal Flying Doctor Service welcomes the Australian Government’s Budget announcement of an additional $71.3 million over 3 years to support the delivery of essential health services to rural and remote Australians

 Recognising both the rising demand and the rising costs of providing services this funding will ensure the Flying Doctors can continue delivering vital primary healthcare and dental services to our rural and remote communities. ,

“The Royal Flying Doctor Service thanks Minister Mark Butler, Minister Emma McBride and the Albanese Government for their continued commitment to the health of rural and remote Australians, and the ongoing partnership to improve health outcomes for those  communities,” says Frank Quinlan, Federation Executive Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. “All Australians should expect reasonable access to primary healthcare services no matter where they live, and this additional funding will support services to those who need them most.”

Best for the Bush research

The RFDS Best for the Bush research reports over the last 18 months have highlighted both the effectiveness of primary healthcare services, and the lack of access that too many Australians in rural and remote locations experience. 

These reports have highlighted significantly poorer health outcomes for people with limited access to primary healthcare services. This funding injection demonstrates the Australian Government’s understanding of the critical importance of primary health care and will ensure the delivery of much needed RFDS primary healthcare services in the bush.

The Australian Government has a long history of supporting the RFDS, going back to the 1930’s, and the RFDS is committed to providing high-quality and critical health services to rural and remote Australia, in partnership with the Australian Government.