The RFDS in WA

Facts & Figures

2019-2020 Our busiest year

Facts at a glance:

  • The RFDS Western Operations fleet consists of 18 aircraft including 16 Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft and two Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 Jet aircraft with a third to arrive in 2022.
  • Two EC-145 Helicopters are also expected to join the RFDS Western Operations fleet by the end of 2021.
  • We have five strategically located bases throughout Western Australia in Broome, Kalgoorlie, Jandakot, Meekatharra and Port Hedland.
  • Our services provide a 'mantle of safety' across more than the 2.5 million square kilometres of Western Australia - the world's largest and most remote health jurisdiction. 

During the 2020-2021 financial year, the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia provided:

  • 10,097 aeromedical retrievals, including 1,830 primary evacuations, 8,041 inter-hospital transfers and 227 repatriations.
  • 1,509 patients were retrieved and aero medically treated on the Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jets from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
  • >50,000 medical consultation and retrieval advice calls.
  • 10,316 patients treated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations at 1,813 clinics.
  • >9,500 patients treated at clinics facilitated by the RFDS (where transport only was provided) 
  • 9million kilometres was the distance travelled by the RFDS Western Operations integrated fleet.
  • 16,000+ landings.

RFDS Western Operations summary statistics by region