The RFDS has been saving lives in regional, rural and remote Australia for more than 92 years.
In addition to the 24/7 aeromedical retrieval of the critically-ill or injured, the RFDS also delivers a broad range of essential primary and preventative healthcare services, including telehealth, mental health, oral health and chronic disease management.
Established in Queensland in 1928 by the Reverend John Flynn, the RFDS has grown to become the world’s largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisation, comprising a fleet of 75 aircraft, the operation of 24 aeromedical bases and six remote primary health care facilities.
Today the RFDS delivers more than 370,000 episodes of patient care across Australia every year – equivalent to assisting someone every two minutes.
In addition to assisting rural and remote Australians, the RFDS also delivers critical support to those who live in urban centres. This includes the regular transfer of patients to interstate hospitals for life-saving surgery such as organ transplant and heart surgery on newborn babies.
The RFDS has been voted eight times Australia’s Most Reputable Charity by the Reputation Institute Charity Reputation Index.
In Queensland, the RFDS provides healthcare services over an area of 1.73 million square kilometres. Operating a fleet of 20 aeromedical aircraft from eight strategically located bases across the State – Cairns, Townsville, Mount Isa, Charleville, Longreach, Roma, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Brisbane.
And with some of the world’s most highly trained and skilled aviation and medical staff, including 88 nurses, 66 pilots, and 60 doctors, the RFDS in Queensland is incredibly well positioned to uphold their promise to deliver the finest care to the furthest corner of the State.
CEO Meredith Staib presents how RFDS is designing for change and leading strategically to maximise the opportunities for sustainable growth and transformation as the organisation nears its 100 years of operation.