RFDS receives donation from Rinehart Medical Foundation

Rinehart Medical Foundation helps RFDS deliver healthcare to the bush

Date published

08 Jul 2023

A $4 million donation from Rinehart Medical Foundation will allow the RFDS to continue to deliver essential healthcare.

Rinehart Medical Foundation is generously providing the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) (RFDS) with $4 million. This will help the RFDS continue to deliver the 24/7 essential lifesaving, emergency and primary healthcare we provide to outback communities, every day. 

RMF donates to RFDS

“We are very grateful for the Rinehart Medical Foundation’s generosity. This support comes to the RFDS at a very challenging time in our organisation’s 95-year history,” Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) CEO Greg Sam said.

Throughout 2020, the RFDS quickly pivoted and worked tirelessly to deliver essential healthcare and more than 32,000 Covid vaccinations to remote and vulnerable communities throughout the height of the pandemic.

“Since then, the RFDS has continued to deliver high quality care to rural and remote NSW communities, whilst navigating increasingly difficult economic conditions and rising costs,” Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) CEO Greg Sam said.

In recognition of this support, the Rinehart Medical Foundation will be acknowledged with its logo placed on an RFDS aircraft.

It is not the first donation the Flying Doctor has received from Rinehart Medical Foundation. At the beginning of the pandemic, a separate $6 million gift was received from Rinehart Medical Foundation, critical funding provided to face the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19.

Generosity from donors and supporters funds around one-third of the essential healthcare the RFDS provides to people who live, work and travel in rural, regional and remote NSW.