Caring for Territorians

Supporting healthier and happier Territorians, no matter where they live, work or play.

RFDS patient Louis Orr

In hot water

When disaster struck, young cattle ringer Louis Orr was left clutching his lifeless leg, calling out to mates for help. They were in the Barkly Tablelands, hundreds of kilometres via dirt road from medical help.

“As much pain as I was in, I just thought it was broken or dislocated. I never imagined that it was a life-threatening situation.”

RFDS oral health care

Rock-solid smiles

At the base of Uluru, the RFDS Remote Oral Health Care team is working together with the Aboriginal Community of Mutitjulu to promote healthy smiles and happy lives.

“We have little kids that run over as soon as they see the dental truck, and when they see us coming in, they want to have their teeth checked and fluoride toothpaste put on their teeth."

RFDS patient Alex Lawrie

Crash comeback

Alex Lawrie was living the dream as a helicopter tour pilot, when moments into an afternoon flight an emergency warning went off, alerting Alex of an engine failure.

“I took off on my second last flight for the day and within 30 seconds the helicopter stopped producing enough power to keep us in the air. After we crashed, I remember I was hanging upside down from my seatbelt."

Live Flight Map 

The RFDS has 79 aircraft that deliver the finest care to the furthest corner of Australia. Check out the fleet of RFDS planes that are currently in the air, right now, delivering vital care.

RFDS SA/NT Caring for Territorians

Every year, the RFDS...

  • Emergency airlifts 2,200+ Territorians to safety
  • Delivers oral health care to 400+ Territorians in remote communities
  • Provides 200+ Territorians in remote communities with mental health support
  • Helps to facilitate more than 17,000 health clinics in the NT via air transport
  • Engages with more than 20,000 patients in the NT
RFDS Tourism

Experience the RFDS

Explore first-hand the history, resourcefulness and innovation of the Flying Doctor at our Darwin and Alice Springs Tourist Centres. From virtual reality experiences to sitting in the cockpit of a decommissioned aircraft, there's something for everyone in the family.

Opening hours
RFDS Darwin
7 days, 9:00am – 5:00pm (Last entry at 4:00pm)

RFDS Alice Springs

Monday – Saturday, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Learn more about how the RFDS supports healthy and happy lives in SA/NT.