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Outreach Programs




Outreach Programs



Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF)

Supports multidisciplinary teams and individual health practitioners to provide services to regional or remote communities within MM 3-7 locations. RHOF services focus on maternity and paediatric health, eye health, mental health, and support for chronic disease management.

RHOF Service Delivery Standards


Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP)


Supports multidisciplinary teams and individual health practitioners to provide services to Aboriginal patients in regional, remote and urban locations (MM 1-7). MOICDP focuses on addressing chronic conditions that have been or are likely to be present for six months or more.

MOICDP operates under the IAHP Service Delivery Standards


Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)

First established in 1975, the VOS program supports optometrists to deliver outreach optometric services to remote and very remote locations, and rural communities with an identified need for optometric services (MM 2-7). The VOS was expanded in 2009-10 to provide increased optometry services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

VOS operates under the IAHP Service Delivery Standards


Ear and Eye Surgical Support Program (EESS)

The EESS aims to expedite access to surgical interventions for Indigenous Australians with diagnosed ear and eye conditions, such as otitis media and cataracts, who are awaiting surgery. There is no age restriction for access to ear and eye surgery through the EESS program. Patients who reside in MM3 – MM7 locations are eligible for EESS services

EESS operates under the IAHP Service Delivery Standards


Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL)

Funds multidisciplinary teams and individual health practitioners to support the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of ear health and hearing conditions in Aboriginal children and youth (up to 21 years). Aboriginal communities located in regional, remote and urban areas (MM2-7) are eligible to receive HEBHBL services.

HEBHBL operates under the IAHP Service Delivery Standards


Follow-up Ear and Hearing Health Service (FEHHS)

The purpose of the Follow-up Ear and Hearing Health Service is to to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who receive hearing assessments under the HAP-EE program access to the required follow-up services through HEBHBL, EESS, and MOICDP

FEHHS operates under the IAHP Service Delivery Standards


Aboriginal Eye Health Coordination (AEHC) Project

In addition to outreach programs that deliver clinics, RDN implements the AHEC Project that is designed to improve the coordination of eye health services for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. This is achieved by forming partnerships, identifying needs and implementing solutions.

RDN’s AEHC Project has developed stakeholder groups in more than a dozen regions that comprise ACCHSs, LHDs, PHNs, NGOs and other eye health stakeholders. These regional groups identify priority gaps in eye health pathways for Aboriginal people and seek solutions that may include an outreach service, negotiated referral arrangements with local providers or other systems improvements.

A statewide Advisory Group for Aboriginal Eye Health has also been formed as part of the AEHC Project and includes key state and national eye health stakeholders that inform policy through their respective networks provide input to the program.


Ear Health Coordination Program

The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) and NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) have partnered to deliver the Department of Health’s Ear Health Coordination Program in NSW and the ACT, currently funded until June 2022.  
The primary objective of the Ear Health Coordination Program (EHCP) is to enhance the monitoring and treatment of ear and hearing health in primary care. A particular focus is to support access to quality, culturally safe ear and hearing health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children before they commence primary school and youth. It is anticipated that the activities delivered over the lifetime of the project will contribute to improving the coordination of services that support and respond to the ear health needs of Aboriginal children across NSW and the ACT at both state and regional levels. 


What is a MM score?

The Modified Monash Model (MMM) defines an area according to geographical remoteness and town size. The model measures on a scale of Modified Monash (MM) category MM 1 to MM 7. MM 1 is a major city and MM 7 is very remote. You can find out the MM score of your town by searching the Heath Workforce Locator 



RDN is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) to administer the delivery of medical outreach services to regional, remote and Aboriginal communities in NSW and the ACT*.

* Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) receives funding from the Commonwealth of Australia, which is administered by DoH, for the provision of the Primary Health Networks Program in Western NSW. WNSW PHN awarded the tender for delivery of this program to NSW Outback Division of General Practice as the lead organisation in a consortium of providers.