RFDS in flight over the ocean

When is the sky not the limit?

3 reasons why the RFDS and Rio Tinto are a match made in heaven


We are investing A$1.25 million over five years in the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland, to help improve access to health care across the Australian state today – and tomorrow. There are many reasons why we are proud to call them our partners – here are three:

  • RFDS Queensland at the airport
    Helping the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) deliver vital care to remote communities
    For nearly two decades, we have been proud partners with the RFDS in Western Australia. And now we are strengthening our support across Australia by investing A$1.25m over five years to help the RFDS better serve Queensland.
  • RFDS Queensland pilot
    Partners for progress
    Our partnership with the RFDS will help improve health services for people in the state’s remote and rural areas and critical health care across Queensland. It will also help the RFDS deliver faster and even better emergency medical care for communities near our operations, through a new facility in Weipa and support of an existing one in Gladstone.
  • RFDS Queensland loading a pram
    Partners in health
    Our employees, communities, and neighbours live and work in some of the most remote parts of Australia. And the RFDS is there to help them, if they ever need it.

Nothing is more important than health and safety. Ever.

And just like the RFDS, we believe everyone deserves help, when help is needed most. That is why, for nearly two decades, we have been proud partners with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Western Australia. We are delighted to announce today that we are strengthening our support across Australia to cover Queensland. Our employees, communities, and neighbours live and work in some of the most remote parts of Australia. And the RFDS is there to help them, if they ever need it.

Our investment will help the RFDS deliver essential health services – including mental health – across the state, and also help build a new patient transfer facility in Weipa, while supporting an existing one at Gladstone – both Queensland communities we call home. This means RFDS doctors and nurses will be able to respond faster to help critically ill people.

Whether you are a doctor or a miner, you need the right training to do your job safely.

Technology, through simulation, has helped us create remote, safe, yet real-life ways to train our truck, drill and train operators around the world. Our partnership with the RFDS will help build a world-class simulation hub, which uses virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive training tools to train Queensland’s aeromedical team of the future.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Fast Facts

Every 2 minutes

The RFDS helps someone in Australia

250 patients

Treated each day in Queensland

30 patients

Flown in each day for specialist treatment

Rio and the RFDS go back a long way.

We are old friends, really. We have been proud partners of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia for 16 years. Today two Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jets – the world’s most advanced emergency ward in the sky – travel the skies of Western Australia, providing lifesaving medical care to remote communities. And another jet is on the way in 2022.

Now we are proud to help the RFDS look after Queenslanders too. Because there is no limit to what we can achieve when we partner for progress.