Services & Bases

Each year in Queensland the RFDS:

• Visits around 130 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 90,000 people
• Holds more than 4,800 Remote Health Clinics stretching from the far north to south west Queensland.
• Transports almost 11,000 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 over 14,500 remote medical consults by phone or video-link
• Administers over 4,000 immunisations

Aeromedical Retrieval

Aeromedical Retrieval

All RFDS bases in Queensland (except Longreach) provide an aeromedical retrieval service for emergencies.

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Primary health care

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.

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Tele-health and medical chest

QLD Tele-health and medical chest

RFDS Medical Officers provide a 24 hour medical consultation service via telephone and radio transmission.

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Oral Health

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.

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Health Promotion

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.

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Social and Emotional Wellbeing

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.

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Our Fleet

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RFDS (Queensland Section) has a fleet of 19 aeromedical aircraft comprising 14 Beechcraft King Air B200 Series, two Cessna C208 and three new King Air B350C, which will be introduced to the fleet in late 2016.

Our Fleet

Locations

Brisbane RFDS Base

Address

12 Casuarina Street
Brisbane Airport Qld 4007

Telephone

07 3860 1100

Fax

07 3860 1122

Email

rfds_bne@rfdsqld.com.au

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.

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Bundaberg RFDS Base

Address

Childers Road
Bundaberg Airport QLD 4670

Telephone

07 4131 3000

Fax

07 4155 2372

Email

rfds_bdb@rfdsqld.com.au

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

Address

Royal Flying Doctor Street
General Aviation Cairns Airport Aeroglen QLD 4870

Telephone

07 4040 0444

Fax

07 4040 0199

Email

rfds_cns@rfdsqld.com.au

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.

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Charleville RFDS Base

Address

John Flynn Way
Charleville QLD 4470

Telephone

07 4654 1233

Fax

07 4654 1629

Email

rfds_cvl@rfdsqld.com.au

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.

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Longreach RFDS Base

Address

137 B and C Eagle Street
Longreach QLD 4730

Telephone

07 4652 5800

Fax

07 4652 5899

Email

rfds_lng@rfdsqld.com.au

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. 

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Mount Isa RFDS Base

Address

11 Barkly Highway
Mount Isa QLD 4825

Telephone

07 4743 2800

Fax

07 4743 0521

RFDS Mount Isa Base commenced operations in 1964 following relocation from Cloncurry.

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.

Rockhampton RFDS Base

Address

Hangar 5, Aviation Drive
Rockhampton QLD 4700

Telephone

07 4921 2221

Fax

07 4921 2277

Email

rfds_rok@rfdsqld.com.au

Rockhampton Base

RFDS Rockhampton Base commenced operations in 1995 and operates as an emergency retrieval base incorporating aeromedical retrieval and inter-hospital transfer services.



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Roma RFDS Base

Address

RFDS Hangar
Roma Airport QLD 4455

Telephone

07 4624 4500

Fax

07 4624 4504

Email

rfds_roma@rfdsqld.com.au

Roma Base

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.

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Townsville RFDS Base

Address

Hanger 117, Corner Gypsy Moth Court and Viscount Drive
Townsville Airport QLD 4810

Telephone

07 4775 3111

Fax

07 4775 3511

Email

rfds_tsv@rfdsqld.com.au

Townsville Base

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.


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Charleville RFDS Visitor Centre

Opening Hours

March to October

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Weekends and public holidays 10am to 4:30pm

November to February

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Closed weekends and public holidays

Address

John Flynn Way
Charleville QLD 4470.

Telephone

07 4654 1233

Fax

07 4654 1629

Email

rfds_cvl@rfdsqld.com.au

Take a self-guided tour and explore the medical, aviation and communication advances which made John Flynn's vision of the Flying Doctor take off.

The exhibit includes a number of interactive and audio visual features. They take you on a journey from the humble beginnings of the RFDS (and its association with the Australian Inland Mission) through to present day operations.

The display includes a range of historical radio and medical equipment used by the Flying Doctors based here. There are also tributes to our aeromedical pioneers, patients and supporters, as well as a short film about today's RFDS.

Entry is free and donations are welcome.

Stockman's Hall of Fame

Opening hours

The Stockman's Hall of Fame is open from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. during the tourist season.

Address

137 B and C Eagle Street
Longreach QLD 4730

Telephone

07 4652 5800

Fax

07 4652 5899

Email

rfds_lng@rfdsqld.com.au

When entering the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame visitors will be greeted with an original RFDS aircraft, a Queen Air built in 1977 now meticulously restored and suspended in the atrium of the Hall.
Gallery 4 at the Hall of Fame is devoted to the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service with displays of radio and medical equipment from across the years. It also shows how the Flying Doctor works in the 21st century.

A highlight of the visitor centre is the full-size cutaway representation of a Beechcraft King Air B200, with the medical equipment that makes it a flying intensive care unit. You can even take a selfie in the pilot's seat. The display includes a number of interactive and audio visual features as well as sections on the Flying Doctor's medical, aviation and communication history. RFDS souvenirs can be purchased in the gift shop.

Help keep the Flying Doctor flying.