RFDS on the Road

Where do we go and what do we do

RFDS on the Road Primary Health Care Program delivers primary health care services to people living, working and travelling in the following regions of Western Australia:

  • Pilbara
  • Goldfields Esperance
  • Kimberley

Each region has a health promotion nurse and a project officer who travel in a 4WD vehicle to deliver health information and training to individuals and groups at:

  • Pastoral stations 
  • Mine and exploration sites
  • Aboriginal communities
  • Remote tourist facilities and roadhouses
  • Fishing and charter vessels
  • Remote primary schools
  • Regional community events

Between 2004 and 2012 the Program provided primary health care services to more than 25,600 individuals in approximately 600 remote locations.

           OTR group contact map            OTR Pilbara truck

RFDS on the Road health topics include    

  • Management of RFDS medical chests
  • Healthy lifestyle activities
  • Health risk screening
  • Basic first aid training
  • Health promotion sessions for primary schools
  • Aeromedical evacuation preparation procedures
  • Airstrip surveys and information for privately owned airstrips

           Health promotion image         Health Promotion image 1

           First aid training         First aid training 2

Each year a health promotion theme is chosen based on the needs of rural communities. 2013 is mental wellbeing and resilience supported by Act-Belong-Commit messages.Act-Belong-Commit logo

Program partners

BHP Billiton Iron Ore has supported the RFDS on the Road program since its inception in the Pilbara in 2004. In 2008 expansion of the program into the Goldfields Esperance region was enabled by a new partnership with BHP Billiton Nickel West. The Program commenced in the Kimberley in 2011, in partnership with Woodside Energy.

The Pilbara Fund and the Gold Fields Australia Foundation have also provided significant support for the Program's development, along with the Lions Cancer Institute.  RFDS appreciates the in-kind support (such as provision of fuel, accommodation, vehicle and equipment repairs) received from mining companies, local government and local businesses.

OTR logo BHP Biliton Woodside logo

To learn more about the RFDS on the Road Primary Health Care Program please read the newsletters at the top of this page.