Flying Doctor Day


On behalf of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and all Western Australians who need our help - thank you for your generous support this Flying Doctor Day.​

We are so thankful to the WA community for donating to our 24-hour Flying Doctor Day fundraising appeal, sharing your Flying Doctor stories on social media and purchasing our iconic Flying Doctor socks, with landmarks across WA lighting up in red and blue on 17 May. 

With your help, Flying Doctor Day raised $850,473, far exceeding our original target of $600,000. 

​Special thanks to our partners Rio TintoByrnecutCBH Group and IGO Ltd for matching each and every donation.​ 

With a third Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jet and two Fortescue Heli-Med EC-145 helicopters introduced into service in the last year, funds raised will be used to purchase vital medical equipment to equip our expanded fleet and help us continue to save lives.

On behalf of our team and patients, we thank everyone who celebrated our 94th anniversary and helped raise much needed funds to keep us flying into the future.

Contact us about how you can get involved in Flying Doctor Day in 2023 by emailing 

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What we are fundraising for

This Flying Doctor Day, we aim to raise $600,000 to help us purchase lifesaving equipment for our aircraft fleet.

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Become a fundraising champion

Becoming a fundraising champion is one of the most impactful ways you can help because it will inspire your network to get on board and donate too.

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Flying Doctor Socks

Grab a pair of our brand new Flying Doctor Socks to show your support. Wear them to work, wear them to play, wear them all day on Flying Doctor Day!

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We can’t do it alone – we need your help to spread the word this Flying Doctor Day. Download and share our campaign artwork and other assets to help our appeal fly!

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Take part in a Paper Plane Challenge

Here is an easy and fun way for you to fundraise at your school or workplace to help fly us further. You're one click away to securing your school or corporate pack! Don't forget to send us photos.

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WA Landmarks light up for RFDS

WA landmarks across the State will light up in red and blue on 17 May to encourage Western Australians to support the service. Find out the locations across the State who are lighting up for the RFDS!

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Our impact in WA

Last year was our busiest year on record, with more than 10,000 patient retrievals across WA. Our service is critical to those who live, work and travel across our State.

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What is Flying Doctor Day

Flying Doctor Day marks the anniversary of the first flight of our service more than 90 years ago.

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