Emergency Aeromedical Retrieval

The RFDS provides emergency evacuations throughout rural and remote Australia for people who are seriously ill or injured and require urgent medical attention.

We provide quality medical treatment on the ground, and use a dedicated aircraft when we need to transport patients to an appropriate hospital for any further treatment.

If you need emergency assistance you can find emergency phone numbers here, and details on how to prepare a patient for transport, or prepare an airstrip for the Flying Doctor.

RFDS team
Aeromedical footprint

Graphic: Plane flying over water

In 2014/2015, the RFDS provided 4,336 emergency evacuations. This essential emergency service provides assurance to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote Australia, where there are often few other health services available.


​No fish, but quite a story for Gerald

"I was relieved when the Flying Doctor got here," says Mia. "You can go through what you've learned in training and hang in there, but once the Flying Doctor gets here it's a huge relief!"

Read ​No fish, but quite a story for Gerald

Learn more about our planes and the remote rescues that are a fundamental part of the RFDS for the last 87 years.