The Royal Flying Doctor Service has shared a long history with Western Australia’s mining industries and communities by ensuring mine site workers and their families in the regions have access to 24 hour emergency aero medical retrievals and essential primary health care services.
In Western Australia, the RFDS employs an integrated fleet of 16 PC-12 turboprop aircraft and two Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jet aircraft which puts time on our side for saving lives across more than 2.5 million square kilometres of the state.
Each RFDS aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art aero medical equipment and essentially serve as Intensive Care Units in the sky. Our frontline team of pilots, doctors and flight nurses are highly trained to react and respond to a wide range of time-critical medical emergencies.
Providing life-saving aero medical care, hospital transfers, medical chests, telehealth consultations, primary health care services and answering more than 50,000 calls per year, the RFDS plays a vital role in Western Australia’s health and emergency services infrastructure.
The RFDS is a not-for-profit charitable organisation which relies on government, corporate and community support to sustain its services and provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to all who live, work and travel across the state.