Responding to need across WA

Graphic: A Day in the Life of the RFDS in WA

Western Australia is a vast and remote state and making sure people across the regions have access to health care and emergency, life-saving treatment is what we do at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations.

We are a 90 year old charity that deeply cares about our patients and communities throughout WA.

We believe that everyone, no matter where they live, deserves to have skilled and caring doctors and nurses to help them look after their health, and to treat them during emergencies while flying to specialist care.


We have a team of medical clinicians and pilots who are committed to providing the finest care to the furthest corner of WA. Together we provide fast, free and efficient emergency retrievals, GP health clinics, dentistry, telehealth and medical chests. We bring the hospital emergency room, GP clinic, dentist chair, pharmacy and our dedicated professionals to patients when they need us the most.

We do this across WA - the world’s largest health jurisdiction – through our five aeromedical bases located at Broome, Port Hedland, Meekatharra, Kalgoorlie and Jandakot. We have an integrated world class aeromedical fleet of 16 Pilatus PC-12 turbo prop aircraft and two Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jets.

Latest news stories

Trailblazer in flight: WA Flying Doctor Brian Collings retires

02 Jul 2020

After supporting regional and remote communities across WA for nearly 15-and-a-half years, Flying Doctor Brian Collings retires.

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RFDS’ Life-saving Blood Supply

12 Jun 2020

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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 our patients in rural and remote areas.

Acknowledgement of Country and People

Looking after people on Country is a unique and important part of the work we do. We work hard to keep people in their communities and reassure them when we need to fly them to specialist medical care before returning them to their land.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations (RFDS WO) respects and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples as the first Australians and our vision for reconciliation is a culture that strives for unity, equity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and other Australians.

The RFDS WO is committed to improve health outcomes and access to health services for all Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

An unexpected emergency

She'd sustained serious internal injuries and would need to be urgently transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital to receive the care she required.

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Jandakot RFDS Base

Address

3 Eagle Drive
Jandakot WA 6164

Telephone

08 9417 6300

Fax

08 9417 6309

Email

westops@rfdswa.com.au

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.

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Broome RFDS Base

Address

Gus Winckel Drive
Broome WA 6725

Telephone

08 9157 1100

Fax

08 9157 1101

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.

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Kalgoorlie RFDS Base

Address

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

Telephone

08 9000 2140

Fax

08 9000 2141

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.

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Meekatharra RFDS Base

Address

Meekatharra Airport
Meekatharra WA 6642

Telephone

08 9947 3180

Fax

08 9981 1601

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.

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Port Hedland RFDS Base

Address

Waldron Road
Port Hedland WA 6721

Telephone

08 9148 1160

Fax

08 9148 1172

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.

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Kalgoorlie RFDS Visitor Centre

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday (except public holidays) 10am-3.00pm, with guided tours daily at 10.15am.

Address

Kalgoorlie- Boulder Airport
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

Telephone

(08) 90002144

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Kalgoorlie Visitor Centre provides a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the internationally renowned work of Australia's flying doctors, nurses and pilots at a busy regional base in Western Australia. Each year we welcome thousands of visitors from all over the world, many of whom become our friends and supporters as they learn more about the unique range of health and medical services in rural and remote regions.

Our Visitor Centre incorporates fascinating interactive displays, the Roger Waller Theatre, where you can listen to a talk, view an RFDS DVD and understand more about our history and our future, and the Doc Shop where you can purchase RFDS merchandise and mementos.

The RFDS Auxiliary Garden is near the entry to the Visitor Centre and is equipped with park benches and BBQ facilities for visitors.

When you're next in the Kalgoorlie Goldfields, come and see us! We're just a short walk from the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport terminal. We're open Monday – Friday (except public holidays) from 10am-3.00pm with guided tours daily at 10.15am.