The RFDS in NSW/ACT
What we do
The South Eastern Section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service provides life-saving emergency evacuations and comprehensive primary healthcare services across New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, southwest Queensland, eastern and northern South Australia.
We have nine bases and healthcare facilities. Our bases are located in Broken Hill, Dubbo, Bankstown, Mascot, Essendon and Launceston. We also have medical centres in Moomba and Ballera where we provide healthcare services for Santos employees working in oil and gas fields, as well as for the residents on surrounding homesteads and stations.
Graphic: Gene Hildebrand pictured to the right with his partner Carmen. They are thanking the RFDS team members who helped save their lives.
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Practice helping make perfect future Flying Doctors01 Sep 2017
It's not every day doctors arrive at a property on the outskirts of Dubbo to find a tractor overturned, brown snake circling and a severely injured farmer stranded with his mate. But that's exactly what new Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) recruits were confronted with recently.Read full story
Royal Flying Doctor Service awarded United Nations community honour29 Aug 2017
The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) awarded the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) a prestigious Community Award at its 2017 Peace Program Lifework Awards presentation in Sydney on Friday 25 August.Read full story
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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.
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.
Essendon RFDS Base
The Essendon Base began operations in September 1998 as part of a contract with Air Ambulance Victoria to provide pilots, aircraft and engineering services. When that contract ended in 2011 the RFDS Southeast Section established a Non-Emergency Patient Transfer Service (NEPTS) for the people of Victoria.
Mascot RFDS Base
Mascot Base, established in 2003, supports the provision of air ambulance services across NSW under contract with the Ambulance Service of NSW. This means that RFDS pilots, flying our aircraft, deliver the service with Ambulance NSW medical staff on board.