Royal Flying Doctor Service – providing the finest care to the furthest corners to more than 270,000 people each year

As the primary beneficiary of RideWest, we believe the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is vital to bridging the gap for men’s mental health in Australia and we are proud of the difference we help the RFDS make.

The RFDS has been:

–      Helping Australians in need for 85 years

–      With 61 aircraft operating from 21 bases covering 90% of Australia

–      Providing the finest care to one person every 2 minutes.

Rob Cook’s Story

Read about the heroic rescue by RFDS in 2008 of Rob Cook, Australian Rodeo Champion and friend of RideWest.

As an incredible inspiration to all of us, Rob’s message rings true not only on each day of the arduous RideWest ride but every day.

“It doesn’t matter the size of the mountain that faces you. Keep climbing!”

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RFDS – did you know?

1.The life expectancy for Rural and Remote Australians is 7 years less and 17 years less for Rural and Remote Indigenous Australians;

So RFDS not only provides 24/7 emergency health care but a comprehensive preventative and primary health care service

2. Research shows suicide is 30% higher in rural and remote Australia

While this seems bleak, RFDS are working hard to ensure world-class services are available to those who need it most – providing over 8150 social and emotional wellbeing consults in Queensland each year

3. Survival rates for many diseases dramatically reduces further away from city centres

That’s why RFDS provide a full range of health care services to more than 85,000 people in Queensland each year.

4. RFDS pilots annually fly the equivalent of 25 round trips to the moon

RFDS has 20 Aircraft operating in Queensland.  By 2016, 8 of these aircraft will need replacing. That’s a cost of approximately $60 million.

Get involved:

Whether you are a corporate organisation looking to give back to the community in an effective and tangible way, a small business with a charitable focus, a cyclist who loves a challenge or one of the many people across Australia touched by the work of the RFDS, there are a number of ways you can get involved.

We’d love to hear from you so please contact us anytime on or call John Sloman on (07) 3221 2416.