The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is a 24/7 aeromedical service, providing residents and visitors to Australia’s remote outback with a ‘mantle of safety’. The service provides emergency retrieval and patient transfers, along with primary, dental, and mental health services that include general practice, specialised women’s, children’s and family health care, specialist clinics with medical consultants, and drug and alcohol counselling services.
The RFDS, originally known as the Australian Aerial Medical Service, was established by the Reverend John Flynn in 1928, with just one doctor and one pilot, operating a single aircraft out of Cloncurry in Queensland. Since that time, the Service has grown considerably, with bases now scattered all around Australia to provide world-class essential medical services and emergency medical care to people in remote areas.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Dubbo base was established in 1999, providing a range of health services including emergency retrievals, inter-hospital transfers, blood storage and essential dental services, servicing the communities of Goodooga, Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri and Bourke. The Dubbo base also coordinates flights for the Rural Aerial Health Service.
Recent redevelopment of the Dubbo base’s multifunction aeromedical training centre has allowed the RFDS to develop its expertise and expand its services, with the centre acting as the hub for administration, patient flow and telehealth units. The training centre also houses a flight training centre for a recently acquired, specialised aircraft.
Located at 21 Judy Jakins Drive, Dubbo, the recently redeveloped RFDS base at Dubbo also includes a visitor centre that offers an amazing interactive educational experience with state-of-the-art technology. Visitors can explore an actual emergency aircraft, learn more about the RFDS’s work and operations through interactive, advanced ‘augmented reality’ technology and immersive stories.
The centre offers visitors the opportunity to view the RFDS base and airfield from the Observation Tower, support the RFDS’s mission by purchasing merchandise from their retail store, and enjoy a coffee, snack or meal at the Outback Trek Café. We recommend checking the RFDS website for current information on opening hours.
The Palms Motel Dubbo is located just 6.6km from the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Dubbo making it the perfect place to stay during your visit to Dubbo and the RFDS. With a range of affordable king- and queen-sized rooms, The Palms Motel Dubbo provides all the comforts of home including air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV with free access to Stan and Netflix, refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities.
After experiencing the incredible, immersive Flying Doctor Dubbo Visitor Experience, guests can relax by our saltwater swimming pool, make use of our barbecue area, or relax in their room with 24-hour room service and breakfast tray service to your door.
Staying at The Palms Motel Dubbo, you will be close to the Dubbo attractions and activities, shops, restaurants and bars.