The RFDS is a world leading, not-for-profit, aeromedical emergency and essential health care service for people living, working and travelling in rural and remote regions of Australia. No patient is more than 2 hours away.
The South Eastern Section of the RFDS includes NSW, VIC and TAS. We have six bases in the South Eastern Section: Broken Hill, Dubbo, Bankstown, Mascot, Essendon and Launceston as well as 2 health facilities in the Cooper Basin.
The RFDS was started as an emergency rescue operation in 1928 by the Rev. John Flynn. It has since grown into a comprehensive medical service.
On any given day, our team can be found performing GP clinics, remote consultations, inter-hospital patient transfers, dental services, mental health work, nursing and allied health services, health education, womens health, indigenous health, primary healthcare, emergency retrievals, AND training the next generation of rural doctors.
2010/2011 South Eastern Section Stats
Patient contacts - 59,965
Patients transported - 12,697
Healthcare clinics - 4,046
Telehealth - 5,212
Landings - 22,545
Km flown - 6,077,604
Number of aircraft - 18
Bases - 6
Staff - 220
We are a not-for-profit organisation. Supported by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, we also rely on generous donations from the community and corporations to fill the funding gap.