The RFDS in NSW/ACT

So much has changed over the last 96 years as we have moved to meet the needs of outback Australians. But one thing that will never change is our commitment to always be there when we are needed.

Our South Eastern Section provides lifesaving outback emergency aeromedical retrievals and hospital transfers, as well as providing over 68,000 occasions of care through on the ground GP and nurse appointments, dental care, mental health care, alcohol and other drug counselling, vaccinations, chronic disease management and telehealth.

One of our team checking on the aircraft in Packsaddle NSW

From our bases at Broken Hill and Dubbo our highly skilled doctors, nurses, dentists, mental health clinicians and other specialists fly or drive to remote communities to provide them afull suite of care. In many of these communities the RFDS is the only accessible provider of healthcare.

Baby Hardy

With your support, premature babies stand a chance

Mother’s Day for Caitlin was off to a beautiful start when, at 32 weeks pregnant, she began feeling niggling pains. By 2pm they were unbearable. Rushing to the local medical centre in Lightning Ridge, the nurse told Caitlin she was in early labour and had started to lose blood.

With no specialist neonatal care in town and the closest hospital four hours away, Caitlin urgently needed help from the Flying Doctor. Your tax-deductible gift today will ensure no mother or baby is left without access to the critical care they need during an emergency.

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Thank you

Thanks to our supporters, outback communities have received life-saving medical care over the last year.

Because of you, we could reach further and touch more lives. Your support has significantly impacted the provision of vital healthcare services where they are most needed.  

With your help, we conducted 4,700 inter-hospital transfers of high acuity patients and emergency retrievals for individuals who needed urgent critical care. You helped conduct 3,787 face-to-face mental health consultations, providing essential support to people facing challenges. Your support provided 3,774 dental care visits at 666 clinics to treat and prevent oral health problems for families in remote outback communities.

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31 May 2024

Participants in this year’s Outback Car Trek (OCT) will soon embark on a thrilling journey all to raise much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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Broken Hill RFDS Base

THE CLIVE BISHOP MEDICAL CENTRE
Telephone: 08 8080 3780
Facsimile: 08 8088 1531

Address

Hangar 2, Broken Hill Airport
Broken Hill NSW 2880

Telephone

08 8080 3777

Broken Hill Base is steeped in Australian history, and very much part of the community it serves. As well as health services, we have educational opportunities, a medical centre, a museum and shop. Operations began at the RFDS Broken Hill Base in May 1936. It was here, over sixty years ago, during the Queen's 1954 visit that we received the “Royal" prefix.

From Broken Hill we provide 24 hour emergency retrievals, covering a land mass of approximately 640,000 km². We operate a network of primary health clinics where patients can access community health nurses, dentists, mental health and allied health professionals. Our team offer training for medical and health science students in partnership with the University of Sydney, Department of Rural Health.

The Clive Bishop Medical Centre is located on the base, and offers non-emergency treatment in the areas of family medicine — including immunisations and children's health checks plus men's and women's health — as well as management plans for chronic illness, wound care, skin checks and minor surgical procedures.

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Dubbo RFDS Base

Address

9R Coorena Road (Judy Jakins Drive), Dubbo Regional Airport
Dubbo NSW 2830

Telephone

02 6841 2555

Fax

02 6882 4555

Dubbo RFDS Base

Dubbo Base, established in 1999, offers a range health services as well as being a top tourism attraction in the area.

Dubbo is home to The Outback Oral Health and Treatment (TOOTH) program, serving the remote communities of Collarenebri, Bourke, Lightning Ridge and Goodooga.

Dubbo conducts inter-hospital transfers, the coordination of flights for the Rural Aerial Health Service (RAHS), as well as emergency retrievals.

Bankstown RFDS Base

Address

Hangar 276, Airport Ave
Bankstown Airport NSW 2200

Telephone

02 9791 1199

Bankstown RFDS Base

The RFDS base at Bankstown began operations in July 1994.

Bankstown Base is the home of the Rural Aerial Health Service (RAHS) which the RFDS operates on behalf of NSW Health. While administration and coordination of RAHS flights takes place at the Dubbo Base, the majority of flights are made from Bankstown.

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Broken Hill Outback Heritage Experience


Opening Hours:

Open 7 days, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday and public holidays 10am-4pm.

Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day,  Australia Day and ANZAC Day half day from 12pm-5pm/3pm.

Tickets prices:
$15.00 per adult
$6.00 per child (4-15 years old), under 4 yrs free
$36.00 per family (2 adults and 2 children aged 4-15 years)
Group tours 10+ people: $12.50 per person
School tours 10+ students (under 16 years old): $10.00 per person; free for teachers
Concession: $12.50 per person (seniors, disability pension, student over 16 years)
Pre-booking is required for group tours and school groups (e.g. 10 or more people).

Address

RFDS, Bruce Langford Visitor Centre
Airport Road, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880.

Telephone

08 8080 3714

Email

tourbookings@rfdsse.org.au

Royal Flying Doctor Outback Heritage Experience, Broken Hill

We're excited to be back open on the 6th of July and are ready for your visit! 

Plan your adventure and visit the Broken Hill Outback Heritage Experience. Come and see our interactive museum that celebrates the history of the Flying Doctor, including its doctors, pilots and nurses. 

Uniquely located within a working RFDS base and airport, visitors can also tour the base, view the aircraft in the hangar, explore the Mantle of Safety Museum, and watch a film in 44 seat theatre.

Today, Flynn's dream is a vibrant reality. The Broken Hill Base is unique because it is one of the only working RFDS bases, located at an airport, open to the public daily. Visitors can tour the Base and explore the Mantle of Safety Museum which showcases over 80 years of remarkable outback history.

All proceeds from admissions and merchandise sales go towards the purchase of new aircraft and vital medical equipment. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a charitable organisation. We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life-saving work.

Visit the website: brokenhill.experience.flyingdoctor.org.au/

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Dubbo Visitor Experience

Take off with the Flying Doctor Visitor Experience

Address

21 Judy Jakins Drive,
Dubbo NSW 2830

Telephone

1800 VISITRFDS or 1800 847 487

Email

dubboenquiries@rfdsse.org.au

Dubbo Visitor Experience

The brand new Dubbo Visitor Experience is an interactive exploration of the world of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Touch down into the world of heroic doctors, nurses, pilots and outback communities. Live each moment as we deliver urgent medical care across a 7.69 million square km ‘waiting room’ - the Australian outback.

See through the eyes of unique outback characters and communities. Experience their stories and challenges across the vast Australian remote areas - as if you’re right there. Today, Flynn's dream is a vibrant reality and the Visitor Experience showcases over 80 years of remarkable outback history.

All proceeds from admissions and merchandise sales go towards the purchase of new aircraft and vital medical equipment. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a charitable organisation. We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life-saving work.

Visit the website: dubbo.experience.flyingdoctor.org.au

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National Museum of Australia

Daily 9 am–5 pm, closed Christmas Day
Museum Shop 9 am–5 pm
Museum Cafe 9 am– 4 pm, weekdays9am–4.30 pm, weekends

Address

Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula, Canberra

Telephone

1800 026 132

A historic 1960s medical chest and an innovative early pedal generator and radio transceiver used on remote outback homesteads, feature in a new exhibit at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) in Canberra, celebrating the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) 90th year.

Hungerford Primary Health Clinic

Address

Archernar Street
Hungerford QLD 4493

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • General Practioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling
  • Dental

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Ivanhoe Primary Health Clinic

Address

11 Columbus St
Ivanhoe, NSW, 2878

Telephone

02 69902800

PHN, Doctor, Dental, MHAOD.
FWLHD site

Louth Primary Health Clinic

Address

Becker Street
Louth, NSW, 2840

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • General Practioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling
  • Dental

Marrapina Primary Health

Address

MARRAPINA STATION Via Mutawintji Road
BROKEN HILL, NEW SOUTH WALES, 2880

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

General Practioner
Practice Nurse
Mental Health
Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling
Dental

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Menindee Primary Health Clinic

Address

21 Perry St
Menindee NSW 2879

Telephone

08 8083 2700

PHN, Doctor, Dental, MHAOD.
FWLHD site

Monolon Primary Health Clinic

Address

Monolon Station via Reola Road
White Cliffs NSW 2836

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • General Practioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling
  • Dental

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Packsaddle Primary Health Clinic

Telephone

0880803780

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

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Pineview Primary Health Clinic

Address

Pineview Stn, Corona Road,
Broken Hill ,NSW, 2880

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • General Practioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling
  • Dental

Pooncarie Primary Health Clinic

Address

McKinlay Street
Pooncarie NSW 2648

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • RFDS PHN
  • Doctor
  • Dental
  • MHAOD.

Tibooburra Primary Health Clinic

Address

5 Sturt St
Tibooburra NSW 2880

Telephone

08 8083 2910

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

General Practioner
Practice Nurse
Mental Health 
Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling 
Dental

Tilpa Primary Health Clinic

Address

Tilpa Tonga Road, Tilpa, NSW 2840

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • RFDS PHN
  • Doctor
  • Dental
  • MHAOD

Wanaaring Primary Health Clinic

Address

Vicary Street
Wanaaring NSW 2840

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

General Practioner
Practice Nurse
Mental Health
Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling
Dental

White Cliffs Primary Health Clinic

Address

Health Ctr Johnston St,
White Cliffs NSW 2836

Telephone

08 8083 622

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • PHN
  • Doctor
  • Dental,
  • MHAOD.
  • FWLHD site

Wiawera Primary Health Clinic

Address

Wiawera Road
Olary SA 5440

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • General Practioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Dental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling
  • Dental

Wilcannia Primary Health Clinic

Address

14 Ross St
Wilcannia NSW 2836

Telephone

08 8083 8700

We provide early intervention, prevention, health information and screening, as well as chronic disease management services. We also provide visiting specialist clinics with medical consultants including ear, nose and throat specialists, dermatologists, eye specialists and a specialist breast care nurse (with the McGrath Foundation) who supports patients from diagnosis, and throughout treatment.

The RFDS provide the following services to the community:

  • PHN,
  • Doctor,
  • Dental,
  • MHAOD.
  • FWLHD site