Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre an interactive centre
where visitors can choose to take part in a tour, stroll through the
Museum, have a bite to eat in the Café, and wander through the
gift shop to find that special gift to take home. The interactive
museum tells the story of the Royal Flying Doctor Service which
provides health services to people living, working or travelling in
rural and remote communities within Australia.
Location: 8 Stuart Terrace, The Gap, Alice Springs. Ph (08) 8952 1129. Entry fees apply.
About the Royal Flying Doctor Service
The Royal Flying Doctor Service began as the dream of the Rev John
Flynn, a minister with the Presbyterian Church. He witnessed the daily
struggle of pioneers living in remote areas where just two doctors
provided the only medical care for an area of almost 2 million square
kilometres. Flynn’s vision was to provide a ‘mantle of
safety’ for these people and on 15 May 1928, his dream had become
a reality with the opening of the Australian Inland Mission Aerial
Medical Service (later renamed the Royal Flying Doctor Service) in
Central Operations for South Australia and the Northern Territory
was formed in 1936 and initially operated (from 1937) as the South
Australian Section out of Broken Hill jointly with the New South Wales
Section. The first base owned and operated independently by SA Section
was opened in Alice Springs in 1939. The SA Section became Central
Operations in 2001.