The RFDS in NSW/ACT
Our highly skilled medical team work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medical issues requiring emergency evacuation include motor vehicle and motorbike accidents, broken bones, heart attacks and strokes, sudden and severe chest pain, respiratory failure, snake and spider bites and work related injuries.Read more
Clinics in NSW/ACT
Our established clinic program takes around 5,000 clinics to more than 20 remote communities each year. Remote clinics involve us flying medical professionals - doctors, nurses, dentists, mental health team members and specialists, from our bases into rural and remote locations. Providing preventative healthcare services is a key focus for the RFDS SE and can sometimes prevent the need for emergency retrievals.Read more
Remote consultation service in NSW/ACT
24/7 remote consultations enable any patient in the network to phone in for advice, either from their own home or from a nurse-run hospital site if one is nearby. A remote consultation is also the initial contact for first-response advice in an emergency, leading to the assessment of the patient and the identification of the next steps required for their care.Read more
Inter-hospital Transfers in NSW/ACT
Inter-hospital transfer involves the aeromedical transport of patients between hospital facilities. This usually occurs when patients with serious illness or injury require medical retrieval to a large regional or tertiary centre for definitive care.Read more
Patient Transfer Service in NSW/ACT
Our team provides a dedicated non-emergency patient transfer service for regional and rural patients, operated from Victoria. This fee paying service enables the fast, comfortable transfer of high, medium and low acuity patients within Victoria and beyond.Read more
Oral Health Programs in NSW
Oral health affects overall health. We run dental programs from our bases in Broken Hill and Dubbo. From Dubbo TOOTH (The Outback Oral Treatment and Health) program, takes over 200 dental clinics each year to Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri and Goodooga. These communities are some of the most vulnerable in the state with low socio-economic factors combining with lack of dental services to adversely affect oral health. Our service out of Broken Hill also provides extensive oral care.Read more
Mental Health in NSW/ACT
Our mental health team visit remote clinics, rural community events like fairs, and attend fly-around clinics. Factors including drought have seen patient referrals recently increase by as much as twenty percent. We see value in patient retention. Follow-up care is made possible by phone, text, Skype, email as well as face-to-face consultation.Read more
Education in NSW/ACT
Our health team facilitate a number of educational health initiatives aimed at improving the health outcomes in remote, rural and regional communities. Our Education Officer and the aeromedical simulator also travel to schools and community events to teach children about the Flying Doctor.Read more
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.
The RFDS South Eastern Section has a fleet of 18 aircraft across our bases. These include Beechcraft King Air B200, B200C and B350C aircraft.
Pilots are called upon to land on anything from regular airfields to Outback airstrips, on dustpans at remote stations and occasionally on remote stretches of highway.