What we do in Central

Every day we assist around 100 patients in South Australia and the Northern Territory, be it an aeromedical evacuation, a GP and Community Health Nurse clinic, a telehealth call, a mental health or oral health clinic, or a child's immunisation. From our four aeromedical bases at Darwin, Alice Springs, Port Augusta, and Adelaide, and our health services staffed by Remote Area Nurses in Marree, Andamooka and Marla, RFDS Central Operations assists over 50,000 patients every year - that's one patient every 20 minutes!

RFDS Central Operations has been in existence since 1939 and is a key player in the delivery of 24/7 emergency aeromedical and essential primary health care services to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote South and Central Australia. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and while we receive support from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, the RFDS relies on fundraising and donations to bridge the gap in operational funding, and to finance its capital-raising program for replacement aircraft, medical equipment and other major capital initiatives.

Our services

Latest news stories

Fleurieu Peninsula volunteers raise $20,000 for Flying Doctor

16 Nov 2018

A committed group of Fleurieu Peninsula volunteers has presented a $20,000 donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The annual donation takes the group’s total contribution to the life-saving service to more than $230,000 since their establishment in 2004.

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Alice Springs volunteers raise $50,000 for Flying Doctor

14 Nov 2018

A committed group of Alice Springs volunteers has presented a $50,000 donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The annual donation takes the group’s total contribution to the life-saving service to more than $2 million over the past 30 years.

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Adelaide RFDS Base

RFDS corporate and operational relocated in September 2016 to a new Adelaide Base constructed as the first tenant in Adelaide Airport's new Aeromedical Precinct adjacent to the main runway off Tapleys Hill Road.

Address

1 Tower Road
Adelaide Airport SA 5950

Telephone

08 8238 3333

Fax

08 8238 3395

Email

enquiries@flyingdoctor.net

Adelaide RFDS Base

The Adelaide Base and its team of Pilots and Flight Nurses provide 24-hour emergency retrievals and inter-hospital transfers, serving all regions of South Australia, as well as the Sunraysia region of Victoria. The Adelaide Base is also home to our Engineering team which conducts heavy maintenance for the aircraft fleet situated across SA. A foundation tenant of the aeromedical precinct at the western end of Adelaide Airport, the Adelaide Base also houses the Executive, Corporate Services, Marketing & PR (fundraising), People & Culture and Health Services teams of the organisation.

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RFDS Darwin Base

Address

10a Lancaster Road
Eaton NT

Telephone

08 8998 9940

Fax

08 8998 9942

Email

enquiries@flyingdoctor.net

Darwin RFDS Base

Darwin Base commenced operations in December 2017. The new purpose-built facility enables the RFDS to fulfil its strategic goal of providing the finest care through the entire north-south corridor of the Northern Territory and South Australia. The Base provides 24-hour emergency evacuations and inter-hospital transfers in addition to regular charter services to NT Health for the transport of health professionals delivering remote fly-in clinics throughout the Top End.

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Alice Springs RFDS Base

Address

28 Davis Drive Alice
Alice Springs

Telephone

08 8958 8600

Fax

08 8958 8680

Email

enquiries@flyingdoctor.net

Alice Springs RFDS Base

The Alice Springs Base provides 24-hour emergency evacuations and inter-hospital transfers by our team of Pilots, Flight Nurses and Engineers. It serves an area of approximately 1.25 million square kilometres from Marla in northern South Australia to Elliot and Barkly Tableland in the Northern Territory, and beyond the border regions of Western Australia and Queensland. Crews also provide regular charter services to NT Health for the transport of health professionals working throughout Central Australia. The Mental Health Services Rural & Remote Areas Program delivered by RFDS mental health clinicians is also based in Alice Springs.

Alice Springs is also home to our award-winning RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility, which in recent years has undergone a major redevelopment to enhance its presence and improve the tourist experience for locals and visitors from all over the world. The RFDS Alice Springs Base also benefits from the Bill and Dawn Prior Village of 13 townhouses used as accommodation for staff and visiting clinicians.

Andamooka Health Service

Opening hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Address

Hospital Road
Andamooka, SA 5722

Telephone

(08) 8672 7087

Fax

(08) 8672 7222

Email

andamooka@flyingdoctor.net

Andamooka Health Service

Andamooka Health Service is staffed by two Remote Area Nurses who provide primary health care, home visiting, referrals, 24-hour medical consultation and 4WD emergency ambulance services. 

RFDS remote clinics also provide a platform to promote and deliver other RFDS primary and preventative health programs such as oral health, chronic disease management and mental health care as an extension to the RFDS Primary Health Care Service.

For emergency calls and evacuations call 1800 RFDS SA (1800 733 772)


Marla Health Service

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Address

8 Cockatoo Crescent
Marla, SA 5274

Telephone

(08) 8670 7007

Fax

(08) 8672 7007

Email

marla@flyingdoctor.net

Marla Health Service

The Marla Health Service  is staffed by two Remote Area Nurses who provide primary health care, home visiting, referrals, 24-hour medical consultation and 4WD emergency ambulance services. RFDS remote clinics also provide a platform to promote and deliver other RFDS primary and preventative health programs such as oral health, chronic disease management and mental health care as an extension to the RFDS Primary Health Care Service.

For emergency calls or evacuations call 1800 RFDS SA (1800 733 772)


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Marree Health Service

Opening hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Address

First Street
Maree SA 5733

Telephone

08 8675 8345

Fax

08 8675 8385

Email

marree@flyingdoctor.net

Marree Health Service

Marree Health Service is staffed by two Remote Area Nurses who provide primary health care, home visiting, referrals, 24-hour medical consultation and 4WD emergency ambulance services. RFDS remote clinics also provide a platform to promote and deliver other RFDS primary and preventative health programs such as oral health, chronic disease management and mental health care as an extension to the RFDS Primary Health Care Service.


For emergency calls and evacuations call 1800 RFDS SA (1800 733 772)

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Port Augusta RFDS Base

Address

Port Augusta Airport
Port Augusta, SA 5700

Telephone

08 8648 9500

Fax

08 8641 0461

Email

philip.moran@flyingdoctor.net

Port Augusta RFDS Base

RFDS Central Operations’ state-of-the-art Operations Communications Centre is located at Port Augusta Base, from which our Operations Coordinators receive emergency calls, plan and assign all 24-hour emergency retrieval and inter-hospital transfer flights from Adelaide, Alice Springs, Port Augusta and Darwin, whilst also providing after-hours back up for the Broken Hill Base (operated by South Eastern Section).


The Port Augusta Base is headquarters of the RFDS Primary Health Care Service which serves an area of 840,000 square kilometres, providing comprehensive primary health care services to residents in the far west and northern regions of SA. Services include 24-hour tele-health consultations, remote fly-in primary health care clinics offering specialist chronic disease, mental health, oral health, maternal health, breast cancer and community health nurses/clinicians. In addition to our core of Doctors, Pilots, Flight Nurses, Engineers and Operations Coordinators, our Aboriginal Health Coordinator, Community Health Nurses, Lifestyle Advisor, Dentist and Dental Hygienist are based in Port Augusta enabling them to focus on serving people in isolated communities.

Darwin Tourist Facility

Address

39 Stokes Hill Road
Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, NT 0800

Telephone

(08) 8983 5700

Email

rfdsdarwin@flyingdoctor.net

RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility brings together two iconic Australian stories: the history of the RFDS and the Bombing of Darwin in 1942. Visitors will be taken into another world with the latest virtual reality and holographic technology. Located at Darwin's historic Stokes Hill Wharf, the facility is operated by the RFDS in partnership with NT Tourism.

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RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility

Address

8-10 Stuart Terrace
Alice Springs, NT 0870

Telephone

08 8958 8411

Fax

08 8958 8490

Email

reservations@flyingdoctor.net

RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility

The RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility is a leading tourist attraction in Central Australia. Set in the original 1939 heritage building which housed the first RFDS Alice Springs Base radio operator, it features a life-size hologram of RFDS founder Reverend John Flynn who takes visitors through the history of the Flying Doctor from 1928 until the present. It also has a café and DocShop.