The RFDS in WA
Emergency & Retrieval
The RFDS in WA provides around 9,000 emergency aero medical retrievals and inter hospital transfers every year.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graphic: Pilatus PC-24 aircraft
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.