The RFDS in WA

Responding to COVID-19

John Howes FN

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA) stands ready to respond to the health needs of regional and remote communities throughout Western Australia. 

We continue to prepare for a surge in demand for our services when COVID-19 enters our State. 

To date we have: 

- Boosted and diversified our fleet of 20 aircraft to include a new PC-12 aeromedical aircraft, two EC145 helicopters with a third Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jet to arrive early 2022;

- Bolstered our frontline workforce - recruiting more clinicians and pilots; and

- Integrated new technology and streamlined our infection control processes so we can continue to provide the safest and most efficient aeromedical transfers. 

COVID-19 Aeromedical Retrievals

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA) has safely aero medically retrieved 131 suspected and 9 confirmed COVID-19 patients to date.

Remote Vaccinations

The RFDS COVID-19 Immunisation Team has since administered nearly 10,000 vaccines to the furthest corners of Western Australia and everywhere in between.