The RFDS in VIC
Many rural populations have difficulty accessing basic health services, often due to the lack of suitable means of transport. The Community Transport service addresses this issue by enabling eligible clients access to free transport from home to health appointments and funded Social Support Groups.
This service is currently offered to the communities of Heathcote and Rochester in Central Victoria, in partnership with Heathcote Health and Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS). The service is supported by the Heathcote and District Community Bank, Bendigo Bank, the Rotary Club of Echuca Moama and Rochester Lions Club along with a team of dedicated volunteer drivers.
Why this service is so important
Many of the most vulnerable members or rural communities face physical and financial barriers to accessing public transport to health services.
This service is one of the ways the Flying Doctor is working with regional health care partners to not only improve the physical and mental health of rural Victorians, but enhance social connections as well.
3.9% of adults in the Greater Bendigo Council area have difficulty getting to places without transport.
Australians living in rural and remote areas tend to have shorter lives, higher levels of disease and injury and poorer access to, and use of, health services compared to people living in metropolitan areas.
Volunteer with Flying Doctor Community Transport
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer driver for our Community Transport service? Please fill in the form below, and one of our team members will be in touch shortly to discuss how you can get involved with this critical, local program.
Do note, Flying Doctor Community Transport is based in rural and regional Victorian towns, so all volunteers will need to be located within close proximity of their chosen service base.
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Register to use our Community Transport service
To register to use the service or to make a booking, please call 1300 887 678 and select option 2 for Community Transport.
Note: A Planned Activity Group is defined as a variety of leisure and social connection activities that are funded through Home and Community Care (HACC) and facilitated through registered health services.
Explore below the Victorian communities in which Flying Doctor Community Transport currently operates, and the specific criteria for each site.
To be eligible to use the Heathcote Community Transport service clients must: - Have a pension card, concession card or DVA card - Live within 30km of Heathcote - Be accessing a health appointment or Planned Activity Group within 50km of Heathcote
To be eligible to use the Rochester Community Transport service clients must: - Have a pension card, concession card or DVA card - Live within 20km of Rochester - Be accessing a health appointment or Planned Activity Group within the designated service area, which includes Echuca, Shepparton and Bendigo