More Funding For Flying Doctors

The Royal Flying Doctors Service will receive an additional $6 million from the Abbott Government for health services in rural and remote areas.

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21 May 2014

The Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) will receive an additional $6 million from the Abbott Government for health services in rural and remote areas.

Minister for Health Peter Dutton said the additional funding for 2014-15 would support emergency aeromedical evacuations as well as other essential primary health services provided by the RFDS.

"The role of this iconic Australian institution in our regional and remote communities should never be underestimated," Mr Dutton said.

"Over the course of the year, the RFDS will carry out around 5,000 emergency evacuations along with over 5,000 GP and nursing clinics, 40,000 patient consultations and manage more than 2,000 medical chests.

“However, the cost of delivering services in rural and remote areas has risen, leading to a shortfall in funding for next financial year.

"The extra $6 million we're providing will ensure the RFDS can maintain their current level of essential health services for people in remote areas where no other such services are available.

“Without this additional funding, a number of remote locations would have been left without regular medical attention, including communities with a high proportion of Indigenous Australians.

“Funding the RFDS to provide vital health services in the outback is an essential component of the Abbott Government’s commitment to Australians in rural and remote areas."

The RFDS is a significant provider of rural and remote health services, covering a service area of more than 7.1 million square kilometres. It receives funding from both the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

The Australian Government funds the RFDS to provide emergency aeromedical and other essential services in rural and remote NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory south of Tennant Creek.

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