The RFDS in SA/NT
Emergency flights for victims of accident or serious illness from a remote location. A farmer pinned under a tractor, a child with a snakebite, a motor vehicle accident on a remote dirt road or a sudden severe illness all requiring urgent aeromedical evacuation to a major hospital. On any given day Central Operations will conduct five remote retrievals throughout SA and NT.Read more
GP & Nurse Clinics in SA/NT
Regular fly-in GP and Community Health Nurse clinics are conducted to remote stations and communities from our Port Augusta Base fortnightly. Primary Health Care Services are also available from RFDS Port Augusta Base to those in living, working and travelling in remote SA and at RFDS Health Services in Marree, Marla and Andamooka. These clinics are staffed by Remote Area Nurses and supported by a modern, fully-equipped 4WD ambulance service.Read more
Oral Health Care Program in SA/NT
Children living in the outback are twice as likely to have a cavity, missing, or filled teeth compared to their city counterparts. The Remote Oral Care Health Program delivers regular dental services and oral health education twice a year to communities without a permanent dentist. Patients receive basic dental treatments and oral hygiene education - services often up to a day's drive away.Read more
Inter-hospital Transfers in SA/NT
RFDS Central Operations conducts around 20 aeromedical transfers every day of patients from a country hospital to a major metropolitan hospital for a higher level of care. Often inter-hospital transfers occur in the middle of the night for patients requiring life-saving organ transplant or a newborn in need of emergency heart surgery at an interstate hospital.Read more
Mental Health in SA/NT
A Mental Health Outreach Program that enables clinicians to make regular visits to remote communities in Central Australia. Our team of Mental Health Clinicians conduct regular mental health consultations in communities surrounding Alice Springs and beyond in Central Australia.Read more
Education & Training in SA/NT
We offer a range of training programs including education for doctors and nurses to keep their emergency skills up to date, as well as First Aid training for people living in remote communities. RFDS Central Operations also offers a range of placements for medical and nursing students.Read more
Telehealth & Medical Chests SA/NT
Radio and telephone medical consultations with a Doctor or Remote Area Nurse for isolated patients. A rostered, on-call doctor is available to take calls 24/7. We also administer Medical Chests to more than 150 remote communities and stations throughout South Australia.Read more
Aboriginal Health Coordinator in SA/NT
The Aboriginal Health Coordinator focuses on providing a service specific to Aboriginal communities in South Australia. The position operates from the Port Augusta Base to liaise with Aboriginal patients of all ages, RFDS staff and health professionals.Read more
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.
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.
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.
Our FleetOur Fleet
RFDS Central Operations operates 15 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft capable of carrying two stretchered patients in a full aeromedical fitout. They have a hydraulic lifting device to move stretchers on and off the aircraft through a dedicated cargo door. There are seats for a Doctor, Flight Nurse and one passenger. Four PC-12s are located at our Adelaide Base, three at Port Augusta, with the remainder of the fleet based in Alice Springs.
RFDS Central Operations will be taking delivery of its first permanently configured aeromedical jet in 2017/18 and has a launch customer option to purchase a second jet for delivery in 2018/19. The Pilatus PC-24 jet will almost halve the flying time of long-haul patient evacuations, as well as provide the capacity to transfer three stretchered patients and clinical staff to any capital city in the country without the need for refuelling.Read more
Help us keep saving lives
The RFDS call on a number of aircraft and use a wide range of medical equipment to go about our day-to-day operations. Help us keep them flying.
Donate $500 to help us purchase replacement Pilatus PC-12 aircraft at a cost of more than $7 million each.Read more
Donate $200 to help us fund the $700,000 medical fit-out of a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.Read more
Donate $50 to help buy a $33,000 a heart monitor defibrillator used inside our Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.Read more