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.

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Flying Doctor team members training in Dubbo

Practice helping make perfect future Flying Doctors

01 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.

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Andy Moore accepting the award on behalf of the RFDS

Royal Flying Doctor Service awarded United Nations community honour

29 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.

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Broken Hill RFDS Base

Telephone: 08 8080 3780
Facsimile: 08 8088 1531


Hangar 2, Broken Hill Airport
Broken Hill NSW 2880


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.

Ballera Oil and Gas Process Plant

RFDS Contact information:

c/o RFDS PO Box 463 BROKEN HILL NSW 2880
Telephone: 07 4655 6107
Fax: 07 4655 6483

Since 1986, the RFDS has been under contract to Santos Ltd to provide health services to their employees in the Oil and Gas Fields at Moomba, South Australia, and since 2004, we extended our services to Ballera on the Queensland border. We now offer emergency and primary healthcare to almost 1,200 Santos employees as well as to residents in the surrounding areas.

Bankstown RFDS Base


Hangar 276, Airport Ave
Bankstown Airport NSW 2200


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.


Dubbo RFDS Base


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


02 6841 2555


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.

Essendon RFDS Base


Cnr. Nomad Rd & Bristol St
Essendon VIC 3041


03 9299 5350

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.

Launceston RFDS Base


Hangar 90, Launceston Airport, 305 Evandale Road
Western Junction TAS 7212


03 6391 0500


03 6391 8992



Launceston RFDS Base

Launceston Base began operations in 1997. Our initial flight carried a critically ill baby from Wynyard, Tasmania to Essendon for surgery at a Melbourne children's hospital.

Today Launceston base is the home of aeromedical operations serving Tasmania and the Bass Strait Island communities. We deliver aeromedical services for Ambulance Tasmania, they provide medical staff and we provide pilots, engineers and our aircraft.

Mascot RFDS Base


Corner Ross Smith Avenue & Eleventh Street
Sydney Airport, NSW 2020


02 8374 2400

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.

Moomba Oil and Gas Process Plant

Contact between 7am - 5pm, 08 8678 4414

After Hours: 08 8678 4000, Fax: 08 8678 4460 moomba.nurse@rfdsse.org.au

Since 1986, the RFDS has been under contract to Santos Ltd to provide health services to their employees in the Oil and Gas Fields at Moomba, South Australia.

In 2004, we extended our services to Ballera on the Queensland border. We now offer emergency and primary healthcare to almost 1,200 Santos employees as well as to residents in the surrounding areas.

Bruce Langford Visitor Centre

Opening Hours

Open 7 days, Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday-Sunday and public holidays 10- 3.

Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Australia Day.

Adults $10.00

Students aged 13 +: $8.00

Family: $24.00 (i.e. 2x Adults, 2x children under 12)

Child: $5.00 (i.e. aged 12 and under)

Group Bookings of 10 + $7.00


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


08 8080 3714



The Bruce Langford Visitor Centre - Broken Hill

The Bruce Langford Visitor Centre combines a museum, theatre and shop, with interactive displays showing the history of the Service, as well as tributes to the doctors, pilots and flight nurses who work for us and the many community groups and benefactors who support us.

So visit us now and...

  • Tour a working RFDS Base
  • Enjoy a talk by our tour guide
  • View the aircraft in the hangar
  • Watch a unique film in our new 44 seat theatre
  • Shop for special souvenirs
  • Explore the new Mantle of Safety Museum

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.


Dubbo Visitor Education Centre

Opening Hours *Valid until Oct 2017

Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 4pm

School Holidays 10am to 4pm

Admission Fees: *Valid until Oct 2017

Adults/Concession/ Students over 12 years: $4.00

Children under 12 years: $2.00

Groups welcome but must be pre-booked by email.


RFDS Dubbo Hangar, 9R Cooreena Road
Dubbo NSW 2830


02 6841 2555



Dubbo Visitor Education Centre

Opened in July 2011, the Education Centre at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Dubbo Base is a "must see" attraction.

  • See the live saving work this Australian icon does for people who live, work and travel in remote Australia
  • Hear how Reverend John Flynn visualised a "mantle of safety" over remote Australia more than 80 years ago
  • Learn about the development and operations of the Dubbo Base and see RFDS history and memorabilia
  • See real life medical footage of RFDS doctors, nurses and pilots doing their job
  • Buy a Flying Doctor souvenir from the shop and help keep the Flying Doctor in the air