Stronger Rural Health – guaranteeing rural and remote access to dental, mental health and emergency aeromedical services through the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Page last updated: 08 May 2018

Stronger Rural Health – guaranteeing rural and remote access to dental, mental health and emergency aeromedical services through the Royal Flying Doctor Service (PDF 119 KB)

The Government will provide additional funding to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to increase the availability of dental services, provide new mental health services and ensure ambulance services for rural Australians.

From 1 January 2019, a new Mental Health Outreach Clinic program will provide professional mental health services to areas where there are currently few or none. The measure also increases the Government contribution to ensuring ambulance services are available from RFDS bases.

Why is this important?

The RFDS faces significant funding pressures to provide essential aeromedical services.

While ambulatory, dental and mental health services are provided across Australia, this measure recognises the essential contribution of the RFDS. It provides necessary funding to ensure that these services are continued or extended to areas of need.

Who will benefit?

Patients in rural and remote areas will benefit from increased access and new services through this measure.

How much will this cost?

This measure is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. The investment in the Royal Flying Doctor Service is $84.1 million.

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