Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Programme

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Programme (RFDS Programme) provides emergency Primary Aeromedical Evacuations and other primary health care services in rural and remote Australia where there are little or no other services.

Page last updated: 16 December 2015

The objective of the RFDS Programme is to deliver sustainable, flexible, effective and efficient services to people in areas beyond the Normal Medical Infrastructure in locations of market failure by providing access to:

  • Primary Aeromedical Evacuations
  • Primary Health Clinics, including GP, Nursing and Allied Health services
  • Remote Consultations (via telephone / videoconference link)
  • Medical Chests (containing essential emergency medical supplies)

General information

The RFDS Programme is managed by the Health Workforce Division, Department of Health.

RFDS Programme Guidelines July 2015

Word version: Royal Flying Doctor Service Programme Programme Guidelines (Word 615KB)
PDF version: Royal Flying Doctor Service Programme Guidelines (PDF 434KB)


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