Stronger Rural Health Strategy - Royal Flying Doctor Service

Page last updated: 22 August 2018

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The Stronger Rural Health Strategy will support the Royal Flying Doctor Service to deliver essential health care to Australians living in some of the nation’s most remote areas, including dental, mental health and emergency aeromedical services.

Investment

An investment of $327 million over four years to the Royal Flying Doctor Service will improve access to health services for Australians living in rural and remote areas. This is an increase of $84.1 million to support ongoing aeromedical evacuations, the extension of dental services beyond March 2019 and the introduction of mental health services from 1 January 2019.

Current Royal Flying Doctor services

The Royal Flying Doctor Service delivers emergency aeromedical evacuations, primary health clinics, medical chests, remote (telephone) consultations and dental outreach services to patients in rural and remote areas.

New services

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will continue dental outreach services for rural and remote areas. This will ensure communities in areas of most need, and beyond the reach of services, have access to dental services.

A new Mental Health Outreach Clinic program will provide professional mental health services to areas where there are currently few or none. This will include putting more mental health professionals on the ground where telehealth technology is not available or is too costly.

Further information

Updates on progress and further information: