WA’s enduring airborne medical health service has flown into a new milestone, providing medical for 90 years today.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) mobile medical service has been a vital part of regional health since its inception, providing emergency health since it was created interstate in 1928 before being adopted in WA.
“Emergency patient transport, such as that provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, is an essential service that allows country communities to access care in an emergency,” health minister Roger Cook said.
“I am a proud Western Australian and have grown up appreciating the importance of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to people in rural and remote WA.”
The service was born in Queensland and brought over to the west, where it became an important part of WA’s healthcare delivery.
It continues to provide an essential service across the state, despite unique challenges delivering healthcare across more than 2.5 million square kilometres.
The RFDS has worked alongside the Country Health Service in 2016-17 to transport more than 6,300 regional health patients across WA.
Its five bases in WA in Jandakot, Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Port Hedland house 17 aircraft and skilled medical staff with the latest RFDS planes forming flying intensive care units.
Mr Cook said the RFDS was a vital part of the regional area’s lifesaving service.
“Providing healthcare across country WA is a team effort, involving a number of key partners to deliver quality healthcare to our communities,” he said.
“The Royal Flying Doctors are an essential part of that delivery.”