The RFDS in WA
What we do in WA
We provide extensive life-saving aero medical evacuations and transfers, and offer a range of primary health care services to those who live, work and travel across Western Australia.
In our state alone, the Royal Flying Doctor Service supports over 2.5 million square kilometres, with five operating facilities located at Broome, Kalgoorlie, Jandakot, Meekatharra and Port Hedland.
Our integrated fleet of 16 Pilatus PC-12 turbo prop aircraft and two Pilatus PC-24 jets, otherwise known as the Rio Tinto Life Flight jets and a world-first for aero medical service.
With the support and confidence of the Australian community behind us, we hope to continue to grow and expand our services to meet the future challenges and health care needs of country Australians.
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Jandakot RFDS Base
The Jandakot base was established in 1964 and is located at Jandakot Airport, the second busiest airport in the Southern Hemisphere. Jandakot is the primary transfer base in WA, with administrative offices, state wide coordination centre, training facilities for nurses, doctors and pilots, an engineering hangar and patient transfer facilities. As the primary transfer base, Jandakot receives patients from all over the state, and performs patient repatriation to remote locations around WA.
The Broome facilities were established in 2016 and are the first new facilities in Western Australia in 50 years. The facilities are located at the Broome International Airport on Gus Winckel Drive. The demand for our services has steadily increased over the past five years in the Kimberley region, and the Broome facilities will ensure that we can continue to meet the increasing and changing patient demand for our aero medical services in the north of our state. With two hangars, a state of the art patient treatment centre and administrative offices our Broome facilities are in place to bolster our capability and increase efficiency.
Kalgoorlie RFDS Base
The Kalgoorlie Base was established in 1937. Located at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport in the Goldfields, 596km from Perth, the Kalgoorlie Base maintains an administration office, a visitor centre and hangar facilities. The base conducts regular tours for tourists and visitors and runs a busy operation servicing the goldfields and beyond.
Kalgoorlie operates emergency transfers to Kalgoorlie District Hospital, inter hospital transfers to Perth, health clinics from Kalgoorlie to Eucla along the Eyre Highway and fundraising, tours and merchandise at the visitor centre and shop.
Meekatharra RFDS Base
The Meekatharra base was established in 1945 and is located 760km from Perth at the Meekatharra Airport. The base was built in Perth and transported to Meekatharra where it was installed adjacent to the RFDS hangar facilities at the airport.
The base conducts emergency transfers to Meekatharra District Hospital, inter hospital transfers to Perth and fortnightly primary health clinics in the Mid West and Gascoyne regions.
Port Hedland RFDS Base
The Port Hedland base was established in 1935. Located at the Port Hedland Airport in the Pilbara, 1,700km from Perth, this base operates emergency transfers to Hedland Health Campus; inter hospital transfers to Perth and primary health clinics to the Pilbara regions.