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Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (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 healthcare and 24-hour emergency services to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia, covering 90% of Australia.

The RFDS began as the dream of the Rev John Flynn, a minister of 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 became a reality with the opening of the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service (later renamed the Flying Doctor Service) in Cloncurry, Queensland.

Although the Flying Doctor started as an emergency rescue operation and is best known for its retrieval work, nowadays the delivery of vital primary healthcare services accounts for the vast majority of its business.

Nationally, these services are delivered by a fleet of 63 aircraft operating from 21 bases across Australia, providing medical assistance to over 295,000 people every year, or one every two minutes.

The RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation. While supported by the Commonwealth and State governments, the RFDS relies heavily on fundraising and donations from the community to purchase and medically-equip aircraft and to finance other major capital initiatives.

Bequests can be made through existing programs the like the John Flynn Legion, a special group of people who have indicated that they want to leave a gift in their Wills. If you would like to become a member of the John Flynn Legion, please call our Donor Care Manager, in confidence, on 02 9941 8888.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) Offices

Jonathan Melrose-Rae
02 9941 8888

PO Box 3537, Sydney
New South Wales, 2001