Our services

A patient arrives on the Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet

Emergency & Retrieval

The RFDS in WA provides around 9,000 emergency aero medical retrievals and inter hospital transfers every year.

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Our 24/7 state-wide Coordination Centre in action

Telehealth in WA

RFDS practitioners provide 24 hour a day telephone based medical consultation services to those living, working and travelling in remote and rural Western Australia.

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A Medical Chest on display

Medical Chests

The RFDS in Western Australia manages approximately 500 medical chests containing a range of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical items for emergency treatment, pain relief and preparation for evacuation.

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Flight nurses in action

Flight Nursing

RFDS flight nurses are dual qualified as Registered Nurses and Midwives, with significant post graduate experience and qualifications in areas such as critical care, emergency department, paediatrics or neonates.

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The WA mobile dental van

WA Dental Services

In keeping with its philosophy to provide health care to those living in rural and remote locations across WA, the RFDS coordinate two dental programs providing services to rural and remote locations, including Wiluna, Warburton, Mingenew, Morawa and Perenjori.

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Rural & Remote General Practice Clinics in WA

The RFDS in Western Australia provides fly-in, fly-out General Practice health care to people living in rural and remote areas across the state, with over 350 GP clinic sessions and 850 facilitated clinic sessions each year.

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Jandakot RFDS Base

Address

3 Eagle Drive
Jandakot WA 6164

Telephone

08 9417 6300

Fax

08 9417 6308

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 9138 7300

Fax

08 9138 7305

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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Derby RFDS Base

Address

143 Derby Airport Road
Derby, WA 6728

Telephone

08 9191 0200

Fax

08 9191 0209

Derby RFDS Base

Established in 1955, the Derby base is located at Derby Airport in the Kimberley, 2643km from Perth. The base has recently undergone a redevelopment to bring administrative staff (previously located on Loch St in town) together with the operational staff, with administrative facilities, a conference room, clinical consulting room and hangar being constructed.

The Derby base performs emergency transfers to Derby District Hospital, inter hospital transfers to Perth and health clinics for the community.

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Kalgoorlie RFDS Base

Address

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

Telephone

08 9093 7500

Fax

08 9093 7509

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 9980 0550

Fax

08 9981 1260

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 9172 0700

Fax

08 9172 0709

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 9093 7595

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.


Our Fleet

Pilatus PC-12

The RFDS in WA has 14 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, with a bespoke aero medical fit out, transforming the planes into flying intensive care units. The current fleet of PC-12 aircraft in WA flew a total of 7,764,000 kilometres, and made 16,553 landings in the last year alone.

Hawker 800XP Jet

WA has one Hawker 800XP jet, dubbed the Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet. The jet is located at the Perth Domestic Airport and has the ability to transfer up to three stretchered patients and up to three seated staff/patients at once. It’s the only permanently configured aero medical jet anywhere in Australia, can fly to any location within WA in under three hours, and can transfer interstate without refuelling in most circumstances.

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As the global launch partner of Pilatus, the RFDS in Western Australia will be the first recipient of the PC-24 jets, receiving a fleet of three from the first half of 2018. The PC-24 jet aircraft is revolutionising aero medicine for the RFDS, ensuring better outcomes for people in WA. The PC-24 jet aircraft will deliver increased fuel efficiency and, with twice the cruising speed of the PC-12, will improve both operational and patient outcomes.