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: A couple who feature in our video
We've recently updated the visitors' centre film shown at our Broken Hill and Dubbo bases. The video gives an overview of our history and also shows Outback patients talking about how vital our services are. Take a look.
Latest news stories
Flying Doctor on the road to dental health26 Apr 2017Read full story
Inside our flying intensive-care units26 Apr 2017
If you've never been inside a Flying Doctor plane you probably have no idea how much specialist equipment is on board. Medical officer Dr Andy Caldin explains why our aircraft are so special, and so expensive to equip.Read full story
Graphic: Michelle with her kids
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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.