Outback Community Health Services

The RFDS is committed to delivering whole-of-life community health services to help outback, rural and remote Australians live happier and healthier lives.

In any given year, the RFDS delivers more than 13,000 community health consultations across South Australia and the Northern Territory.

RFDS outback community health services

Supporting healthier and happier lives in the outback

Our Community Health Services are delivered by a team of experienced and professional doctors, nurses and allied health clinicians who specialise in rural and remote health.

Our team can merge services to provide care plans for people living with long-term and complex health issues, like diabetes, obesity, respiratory, cardiovascular and kidney disease.

Our services include:

  • Sexual Health
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Women's Health, Pregnancy & Midwifery
  • Children's Health
  • Men's Health
  • Aging Well
  • Medication Management
  • Health Education & Remote First Aid Training
  • Dental & Oral Health
  • Allied Health (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition & Dietetics)
  • Vaccinations
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    Support to suit you

    Whether it’s face-to-face, over the phone or via video call, our team is here for you.

    Face-to-face support is available at our regular fly-in clinics, while distance appointments via phone or video can be booked.

    RFDS fly-in clinics

    Fly-in clinics: ‘bush runs’

    The RFDS’s scheduled fly-in clinics out of our Port Augusta Base offer remote patients a complete face-to-face primary healthcare service.


    RFDS digital health

    Digital health appointments

    The RFDS can deliver care to your home virtually, through digital health appointments. Distance appointments via phone or video can be booked.


    RFDS Andamooka Remote Area Clinic

    Remote Area Clinics

    The RFDS operates four Remote Community Health Clinics in South Australia at Andamooka, Marla and Marree, providing these communities with 24/7 care.



    How to access our health services

    Our Community Health Services are run from the RFDS Port Augusta Base. Services are available to residents in outback South Australia who live more than 80km from a hospital or general practice. This includes districts of North West SA, Far North & East SA, Gawler Ranges and Nullarbor.

    No fees are payable by patients for these services. Your Medicare number is required for prescriptions, pathology, radiology and some specialist referrals.

    Contact us

    To book an appointment or find out more about our services, please contact:

    Phone: 8648 9500


    Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm.

    Please note that this is not an emergency service. In a medical emergency call 1800 RFDS SA and ask for the on-call RFDS Doctor. For more information on RFDS emergency support, click here.

    Patient rights

    Did you know that everyone receiving care in Australia’s health system has Healthcare Rights?

    You have the right to:

    • Access
    • Safety
    • Respect
    • Information
    • Partnership
    • Privacy
    • Give Feedback

    Feedback about your experience with us helps improve what we do and how we do it.

    Learn more about RFDS Feedback here.

    RFDS bush run

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