RFDS Tasmania moves into a new hangar at Launceston Airport

RFDS Tasmania chief executive John Kirwan outside the new hangar at Launceston Airport. Picture: Paul Scambler
RFDS Tasmania chief executive John Kirwan outside the new hangar at Launceston Airport. Picture: Paul Scambler

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania has moved into a new hangar at the Launceston Airport.

RFDS Australia chair Amanda Vanstone formally launched the new base on Thursday evening.

Tasmania chief executive John Kirwan said the new facilities would enable the RFDS to operate at a greater capacity.

“We are extending our reach into rural and remote communities to address the imbalance of health equity,” he said.

“We have employed locally based trained professionals to run the new programs and we are working collaboratively in partnership with local health and community organisations.

“The hangar provides us with a base to continue to expand our operations throughout Tasmania.”

RFDS Tasmania won a primary health tender earlier this year to provide free services and deliver them directly to community members to meet their needs.

Picture: Paul Scambler

Picture: Paul Scambler

Tasmania’s Integrated Primary Care Consortium is managed by the RFDS in partnership with five local government areas.