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 three aeromedical bases at Alice Springs, Port Augusta and Adelaide, and our health services staffed by Remote Area Nurses in Marree, Andamooka and Marla, RFDS Central Operations assists nearly 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

Dr Cooter and daughter

Farewell to a medical pathfinder

07 Apr 2017

A world-first discovery and years of dedication to rural health, in particular, to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), clearly defined the late Dr Robert Cooter AM as a pathfinder in rural medicine and service provision to remote communities throughout South Australia.

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Beach third place team

Beach Energy raises funds for Flying Doctor

06 Apr 2017

Beach Energy staff recognise that the RFDS could literally be a lifesaver for them or one of their workmates which is why 20 staff committed to complete the Adelaide Corporate Triathlon and raise funds for the Flying Doctor.

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Appeals

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Amazing escape

Abalone diver Neil Rodd works under water every day and faces the kind of risks most of us can only imagine. A decision to ascend from a deep dive to escape white pointer sharks left him with a bad case of decompression sickness and a need for the RFDS to fly him to emergency medical care.
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Join us at our next event

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Barefoot BEACH BALL - 'Wings for Life' Ball

When

12 May 2017 18:30

Where

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Who

RFDS Central Operations
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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. Adelaide Base is also home to our engineering team which conducts heavy maintenance for the aircraft fleet situated across SA.

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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. Its 48 staff serve an area of approximately 1.25 million square kilometres from Marla in northern South Australia to Newcastle Waters in the Northern Territory, and beyond the border regions of Western Australia and Queensland. We also provide regular charter services to NT Health for the transport of health professionals working throughout Central Australia. The Mental Health Outreach Program delivered by mental health clinicians is also based in Alice Springs.

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

The Andamooka Health Service provides a Registered Nurse primary health care service, home visiting, referrals and a 24-hour medical consultation and ambulance 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 provides a Registered Nurse primary health care service, home visiting, referrals and a 24-hour medical consultation and ambulance 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

The Marree Health Service provides a Registered Nurse primary health care service, home visits, referrals, short-stay facility and a 24-hour medical consultation and ambulance service.

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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 Communications Centre is located at our Port Augusta Base. Here, our Operations Coordinators receive emergency calls, plan and assign all emergency evacuation and inter-hospital transfer flights from Adelaide, Alice Springs and Port Augusta, while providing after-hours back up for the Broken Hill Base which is operated by South Eastern Section.


The Port Augusta Base serves an area of 840,000 square kilometres, providing comprehensive health services to people in the far west and northern regions of SA. Services include 24-hour emergency retrievals and telehealth consultations, inter-hospital transfers and remote fly-in primary health care clinics. In addition to our core of doctors, pilots, flight nurses, engineers and operations coordinators, our Aboriginal health coordinator and community health nurse are based in Port Augusta enabling them to focus on serving people in isolated areas.

Darwin Tourist Facility

Address

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

Telephone

(08) 8983 5700

Email

rfdsdarwin@flyingdoctor.net

Opened in July 2016, the 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.