The RFDS in QLD
Services & Bases
Each year in Queensland the RFDS:
• Visits around 79 remote communities each year providing a full range of health care services including GP, child and maternal health, mental and oral health to more than 94,000 people
• Holds more than 4,400 Remote Health Clinics stretching from the far north to south west Queensland.
• Transports more than 11,400 patients to and from acute hospitals and specialist services from Birdsville to Brisbane, from Thursday Island to Cairns or from Townsville to Mount Isa.
• Improves the dental health of regional Queenslanders through the RFDS Dental Service
• Provides much needed advice to almost 13,300 remote medical consults by phone or video-link
• Administers over 3,600 immunisations
All RFDS bases in Queensland (except Longreach) provide an aeromedical retrieval service for emergencies.Read more
QLD Primary health care
The RFDS provide a comprehensive range of health care services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts.Read more
QLD Tele-health and medical chest
RFDS Medical Officers provide a 24 hour medical consultation service via telephone and radio transmission.Read more
Qld Oral Health
Thanks to Commonwealth funding, we are able to deliver vital oral health services to 14 remote communities throughout Queensland via our RFDS Dental Service.Read more
Health Promotion in Qld
Health promotion underpins all of the RFDS’s health services and covers health promotion and illness prevention, as well as community capacity building.Read more
QLD Social and Emotional Wellbeing
The RFDS is continuing to develop its social and emotional wellbeing, and mental health services, to assist in addressing the health needs of those in rural and remote areas.Read more
RFDS (Queensland Section) has a fleet of 19 aeromedical aircraft comprising 14 Beechcraft King Air B200 Series, two Cessna C208 and three King Air B350C.Our Fleet
Brisbane RFDS Base
The RFDS Brisbane Base commenced operations out of Queensland Ambulance's Terminal at Brisbane Airport, on 3 July 1995, with the current base location commencing operations next door in 1998.
The Base is exclusively an emergency aeromedical base, providing retrieval and inter-hospital transfers. The terminal facilitates receipt of patients transported to Brisbane by the RFDS, as well as receipt of patients transported by other aeromedical providers such as Queensland and NSW Ambulance Services. Clinical coordination is provided by Queensland Health employed doctors and aircraft tasking by RSQ.
Bundaberg RFDS Base
RFDS Bundaberg Base commenced operations on
4 March 2002 under a unique contractual agreement with Queensland Ambulance
Service. The Base operates as an emergency retrieval base, incorporating
aeromedical retrieval and inter-hospital transfer services.
Clinical coordination is provided by Queensland Health employed doctors and aircraft tasking by RSQ.
Cairns RFDS Base
RFDS Cairns Base commenced operations in
1972 following relocation from Charters Towers. It is the largest and one of
the longest serving bases in the RFDS network.
Services provided from this Base include remote medical consultations, aeromedical retrievals and primary health care clinics incorporating general practice, child and family health, Indigenous health, mental health, women's health and health promotion.
Charleville RFDS Base
RFDS Charleville Base commenced operations in 1943. Services provided from this base include medical chests, remote medical consultations, aeromedical retrievals and primary health care clinics incorporating general practice, child and family health, health promotion and field days.
The Charleville Base services approximately 622,000 square kilometres of southwest Queensland - an area almost the size of the United Kingdom - extending from the New South Wales border to the Northern Territory and South Australia borders in the west, and the Carnarvon Ranges in the east.
Longreach RFDS Base
The RFDS commenced operation in Longreach in July 2004. The Longreach Base is "non-traditional" with its service delivery focusing on Social and Emotional Wellbeing, delivered through a drive-in-drive-out model. The service provides counselling, training and support using psychological interventions for the community. The base also works with other agencies within the five shires it covers, to promote an integrated response to meet the needs of the Central Western Region.
RFDS Mount Isa Base commenced operations in 1964 following relocation from
The services provided include remote medical consultations, aeromedical
retrievals and primary health care clinics incorporating general practice,
child and family health, Indigenous health, mental health and health promotion.
The RFDS Mount Isa Base services people living, working and travelling from the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north, the Northern Territory border in the west, Hughenden in the east and Bedourie in the south.
RFDS Rockhampton Base commenced operations in 1995 and operates as an emergency retrieval base incorporating aeromedical retrieval and inter-hospital transfer services.
The RFDS Roma Hangar and Patient Transfer Facility commenced operation at Roma Airport in August, 2014.
The Patient Transfer Facility provides patients being transferred to and from Roma, with a more comfortable, family-friendly indoor waiting area for their carers, as well as disabled toilets and more privacy.
RFDS Townsville Base commenced operations in 1996. The services offered from this base includes aeromedical retrievals and primary health care services such as general practice.