Who are Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia?
The Royal Flying Doctor Service are an aeronautical service that provide “extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres”.
The Federation Company Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (assessed here), oversee and lead the seven companies of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Federation. They support “the RFDS Sections and Operations in the delivery of preventive and other health services for the provision of relief to people in rural and remote areas of Australia. 
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 74438059643.
Note: This is an assessment of Royal Flying Doctor Service Federation Company only. The results may or may not be consistent with those of its member sections: Central Operations, Eastern Goldfields WA Section, South Eastern Section, Queensland Section, Tasmanian Section, Victorian Section and Western Australian Section.
Why do they exist?
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia have found that those in rural and remote areas have poorer health outcomes and live shorter lives than city residents: 
The premature death rate is 1.6 times higher in remote Australia than in city areas.
The percentage of people in remote areas with arthritis, asthma, deafness, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease is higher than in cities.
Health behaviours of people in country areas are less conducive to good health than people in cities, with higher rates of smoking, obesity, and alcohol misuse in remote areas than in cities.
They aim to overcome this with a mission “to provide excellence in aeromedical and primary health care across Australia.”
What do they do?
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia work to:
manage the Royal Flying Doctor Service Federation’s funding and regulatory relationship with the Commonwealth government;
build a public policy voice for better health outcomes for country Australians;
distill a strategic vision for the betterment of the shared mission of the Federation companies; and
facilitate communication and information sharing from and between the Federation companies.
Royal Flying Doctor Service companies work across the following areas: 
Aeromedical retrieval - 24/7 emergency medical retrievals in rural and remote areas
GP and nurse clinics - primary health clinics made available to communities in country Australia
Telehealth - 24/7 remote consultations with a qualified doctor and serviced by more than 3,000 medical chests around Australia
Dental - regular dental services for basic oral health as well as emergency and restorative dental care
Patient transport - transporting patients to another hospital for specialist care needed
Mental health and wellbeing - providing educational, mental health and specialist support services to remote communities
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia?
We believe that it is likely that your donation to Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia will be used as stated, that is, to provide excellence in aeromedical and primary health care across Australia.
We believe that Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear who they are run by and how donations are used. They present an audited financial report. They show where donations go. They highlight who is in charge of the charity. Finally, they demonstrate how they prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe that it is likely that Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is effective. They highlight their overarching objectives, show activities and results from the last financial year, and demonstrate a strong focus on researching how they can better serve their target beneficiaries.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence that Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia use money to deliver the intended benefit, we recommend they:
present biographies of the individuals in their executive team
highlight how/if the board monitors the operational performance of the organisation
report activities and results within the context of their strategic objectives.
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We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
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Find out whether Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.
 Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Annual National Report 2017/2018