The RFDS in WA

What we do

Patient care is at the centre of everything we do at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations. We continually review and strive to improve the effectiveness and quality of our services. We welcome feedback from our patients and respect their privacy.

A patient arrives on the Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet

Emergency & Retrieval in WA

The RFDS delivers over 8,000 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 in WA

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 in WA

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

Dental Services in WA

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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Our Fleet

Pilatus PC-12

The RFDS in WA has 16 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, with a bespoke aero medical fitout, transforming the planes into flying critical care units. The current fleet of PC-12 aircraft in WA flew a total of 7,634,000 kilometres, and made 15,886 landings in the last year alone.

Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jet

WA has 2 Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jet aircraft, the Pilatus PC-24 jets were re-purposed with state-of-the-art aero medical fit out that serves as an in-flight emergency ward. It has capacity for three stretchered patients and two medical teams, can fly at a top speed of 815kms per hour.