The RFDS in QLD

What we do

As a well-established and trusted aeromedical provider, the RFDS (Queensland Section) is positioned to deliver the finest care to the furthest corner. We take pride in delivering quality aeromedical retrieval services, as well as essential primary and preventative healthcare to regional, rural and remote Queenslanders.

Over the last financial year we have provided: 

  • more than 219 occasions of care across Queensland.
  • more than 3,500 immunisations administered. 
  • more than 11,800 consultations conducted by headspace Cairns and RFDS mental health clinicians. 
  • more than 1,200 medical chests in rural and remote locations throughout Queensland. 
  • more than 12,500 patients transferred via aeromedical service. 
  • more than 26,500 consultations were conducted at RFDS GP and nurse clinics in Queensland. 
  • more than 23,900 remote consultation calls through our telehealth service.
  • more than 1,780 consultations by our RFDS Dental Service.
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

Primary Health Care

The RFDS provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services to regional, rural and remote Queensland communities.

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Tele-health and medical chest

Telehealth and Medical Chest

RFDS medical officers provide a 24-hour medical consultation service via telephone and radio transmission.

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Oral Health

Oral Health

Thanks to Commonwealth funding, we are able to deliver vital oral health services to remote communities via our RFDS Dental Service.

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Health Promotion

Health Promotion

Health promotion underpins the RFDS’s health services and covers illness prevention, as well as community capacity building.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Flying Doctor's mental health and wellbeing services 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 22 aeromedical aircraft comprising 16 Beechcraft King Air B200 Series, four King Air B350CHW and two King Air B360 aircraft.

Our fleet

Locations

Our Bases

Brisbane RFDS Base

Address

12 Casuarina Street
Brisbane Airport Qld 4008

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

Postal Address - Po Box 5266, Bundaberg West Qld 4670

Address

20 Aviation Crescent Bundaberg Airport
Bundaberg West QLD 4670

Telephone

07 4131 3000

Fax

07 4131 3099

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

Postal Address - Po Box 187, Edge Hill Qld 4870

Address

1 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

Postal Address - Po Box 42, Charleville Qld 4470

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

Postal Address - Po Box 599, Longreach Qld 4730

Address

107A 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

Postal Address -  Po Box 744, Mount Isa Qld 4825

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

Postal Address - Po Box 2155, Wandal Qld 4700

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

Postal Address - Po Box 1521, Roma Qld 4455

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

Postal Address - Po Box 7991, Garbutt BC 4814

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:

Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4.30

Saturday: 10am to 4.30pm

Sunday: 10am to 4.30pm

Address

John Flynn Way
Charleville QLD 4470.

Telephone

07 4654 1233

Fax

07 4654 1629

Email

rfds_cvl@rfdsqld.com.au

Our Charleville Visitor Centre is now open on weekends!

Come and learn about the work of the Flying Doctor at our Charleville Visitor Centre. 

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John Flynn Place Museum

Address

King Street
Cloncurry, QLD

Email

johnflynnplace@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

In honour of the extraordinary efforts and achievements of Australia’s early pioneers, the Cloncurry John Flynn Place Museum pays tribute to Reverend John Flynn and his team for their dedication and success in overcoming isolation and bringing communication education, and health to remote Australia. The museum takes you on a journey following in Flynn’s footsteps from conception, birth; and legacy of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, born in Cloncurry, 1928 to improve the quality of life for rural Australians.


Flynn’s vision took him on a lifelong adventure connecting him with the likes of genius innovators like Alfred Traeger, the inventive genius who “gave voice to the outback” with his pedal radio’s, veteran pilots; hardened nurses and everyday heroes living in the harshest and remote conditions in the Country. The Museum commemorates the committed men and women who dedicated their lives to the dream.

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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.

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Bedourie Primary Health Clinic

Address

21 Kepler Street, Bedourie QLD 4829

Telephone

(07) 4746 1226

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

Birdsville Primary Health Clinic

Address

Birdsville Primary Health Care Clinic

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

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Boulia Primary Health Clinic

Address

49 Wills Street, Boulia QLD 4829

Telephone

(07) 4746 2333

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

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Burketown Primary Health Clinic

Address

Beames Street, Burketown QLD 4830

Telephone

(07) 4745 5133

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

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Camooweal Primary Health Clinic

Address

56-60 Morrison Street Camooweal Qld 4828

Telephone

(07) 4748 2159

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

Cooktown Mental Health Clinic

Address

Cooktown Medical Centre
45 Helen Street Cooktown QLD 4895

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

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Dajarra Primary Health Clinic

Address

12 Matheson Street, Dajarra QLD 4825

Telephone

(07) 4748 4880

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

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Eulo Primary Health Clinic

Address

Eulo Town Hall

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

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Jundah Primary Health Clinic

Address

Jundah Primary Health Care Clinic

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

Kowanyama Mental Health Clinic

Address

Kowanyama Primary Health Care Centre
Carrington Street Kowanyama QLD 4892

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Laura Mental Health Clinic

Address

Laura Primary Health Care Centre
1 Gladwell Street, Laura QLD 4871

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Lockhart River Mental Health Clinic

Address

Lockhart River Primary Health Care Centre
2 Paytam Street, Lockhart River QLD 4892

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Mapoon Mental Health Clinic

Address

Mapoon Primary Health Care Centre
Red Beach Road Mapoon QLD 4874

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Napranum Mental Health Clinic

Address

Malakoola (Napranum) Primary Health Care Centre
413 Moun Ding Street Napranum QLD 4874

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Normanton Mental Health Clinic

Address

Gidgee Healing
32 Brown St, Normanton QLD 4890

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Northern Peninsula Area Mental Health Clinic

Address

Bamaga Primary Health Care Centre
175 Adidi Street, Bamaga QLD 4876

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Pormpuraaw Mental Health Clinic

Address

Pormpuraaw Primary Health Care Centre
8 Korka Street, Pormpuraaw QLD 4892

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

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Stonehenge Primary Health Clinic

Address

Stonehenge Community Centre

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

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Thargomindah Primary Health Clinic

Address

Thargomindah Primary Health Care Centre

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

Weipa Mental Health Clinic

Address

DATSIP Office
Suite 2, 202 Kerr Point Road Weipa QLD 4874

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

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Windorah Primary Health Clinic

Address

Windorah Primary Health Care Clinic

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

Wujal Wujal Mental Health Clinic

Address

Wujal Wujal Primary Health Centre
100 Douglas Street, Wujal Wujal QLD 4895

Telephone

(07) 4040 0444

The Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service supports people living in communities across Far North Queensland, by providing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, psychological therapies to individuals who present with mild to moderate mental health needs.

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Yaraka Primary Health Clinic

Address

Yaraka Community Centre

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.

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Yowah Primary Health Clinic

Address

Yowah Community Centre

Telephone

(07) 4654 1233

The RFDS provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts. The services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams including: general practitioners; nurses; Allied Health professionals; and other health personnel including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and health promotion and community development officers.