RFDS FRIENDS IN THE UK

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) provides vital 24 hour emergency cover,
and clinical and preventative health services across 90% of Australia’s land mass to almost 300,000 rural and remote patients per year –
that’s more than one every two minutes.

  • Operating continuously since 1928, RFDS doctors and nurses now work from 23 bases across Australia utilising our fleet of 68 fully instrumented aircraft with the very latest technology. In 2015 the RFDS flew the equivalent of 34 trips to the moon and back in servicing rural and remote Australia.

    The RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation that relies heavily on fundraising and donations from the community to purchase aircraft and fund much-needed medical and aeromedical equipment.

    The RFDS is internationally recognised as an aeromedical innovator, widely known for its ability to respond to health emergencies in remote parts of Australia. The RFDS also plays a vital role in meeting the primary health care needs for country Australia.

    To find out more about what the RFDS does in Australia visit www.flyingdoctor.org.au

  • The RFDS began as the dream of the Rev John Flynn, a minister with the Presbyterian Church. He witnessed the daily struggle of pioneers living in remote areas where just two doctors provided the only medical care for an area of almost
    2 million square kilometres.

    Flynn’s vision was to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ for these people and on 15 May 1928, his dream had become a reality with the opening of the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service (later renamed the Royal Flying Doctor Service) in Cloncurry, Queensland. Over the next few years, the RFDS began to
    expand across Australia.

  • Operating continuously since 1928, RFDS doctors and nurses now work from 23 bases across Australia utilising our fleet of 68 fully instrumented aircraft with the very latest technology. In 2015 the RFDS flew the equivalent of 34 trips to the moon and back in servicing rural and remote Australia.

    The RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation that relies heavily on fundraising and donations from the community to purchase aircraft and fund much-needed medical and aeromedical equipment.

    The RFDS is internationally recognised as an aeromedical innovator, widely known for its ability to respond to health emergencies in remote parts of Australia. The RFDS also plays a vital role in meeting the primary health care needs for country Australia.

    To find out more about what the RFDS does in Australia visit www.flyingdoctor.org.au

  • The RFDS began as the dream of the Rev John Flynn, a minister with the Presbyterian Church. He witnessed the daily struggle of pioneers living in remote areas where just two doctors provided the only medical care for an area of almost
    2 million square kilometres.

    Flynn’s vision was to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ for these people and on 15 May 1928, his dream had become a reality with the opening of the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service (later renamed the Royal Flying Doctor Service) in Cloncurry, Queensland. Over the next few years, the RFDS began to
    expand across Australia.

About RFDS – Friends in the UK

Formed in 2003, the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Friends in the UK was established as an initiative to mark the 75th Anniversary of the first Flying Doctor Flight.

As Patron of The RFDS – Friends in the UK, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has generously supported this charity’s activities. In November 2012, while on the Australian leg of his Diamond Jubilee tour, HRH Prince Charles officially named the new RFDS Beechcraft Kingair 200C aircraft in honour of the ‘RFDS – Friends in the UK’ in recognition of funds raised by the RFDS – Friends in the UK. Read more about the event here.

The RFDS – Friends in the UK consists of trustees who raise funds in London, the proceeds of which go toward much-needed medical and aeromedical equipment.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is the largest rural and remote health service provider in Australia, taking the finest care to the furthest corner.

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

300,000

Patient Contacts

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

64,673

Patients Transported

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

66 Number of Aircrafts

48 Number of Vehicles

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

26,847,325

Kilometres Flown

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

7,300,000 sq km

Total Surface Area Covered

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

15,232

Healthcare Clinics

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

23

Aero-bases

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

76,964

Landings

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

92,776

Telehealth Consultations

RFDS Vital Statistics
The RFDS Australia (per year)

9,845

Dental Care Consultations

RFDS Costs

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.

The annual cost of providing these essential services is considerable. Below are some indicative costs of RFDS operations (which are subject to variation due to various factors such as exchange rates).