The RFDS in SA/NT

What we do in Central

At the Royal Flying Doctor Service in South Australia & Northern Territory (Central Operations), every day we assist around 100 patients, 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.

What we do

Latest news stories

Dr. James Padley

Flying Doctor awarded top honour

23 Oct 2021

RFDS Central Operations Rural Generalist Dr James Padley has been awarded 2021 Rural Registrar of the Year.

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Shirley's Sliding Door

Shirley's Sliding Door

25 Sep 2021

"When her first cardiac arrest happened it was well and truly out of the blue.”

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