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What is an ASGC-RA score?

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Outreach Programs

Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) - Supports multidisciplinary teams and individual health practitioners to provide services to regional or remote communities within ASGC-RA 2-5 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 (ASGC-RA 1-5). MOICDP focuses on addressing chronic conditions that have been or are likely to be present for six months or more.

MOICDP Service Delivery Standards

Addendum to MOICDP Service Delivery Standards - June 2017

Chronic Disease Management and Prevention Program (CDMPP) – The objective of this program is to provide services where there is no alternative funding or service model available. The program is targeted at adults with preventable lifestyle related chronic disease and clients should have a GP Management Plan, as well as a referral from their GP to allied health services funded under the CDMPP model.  This program is available in Western and Far Western NSW.

The CDMPP and model of care has been designed to implement services for the following; chronic disease management for ‘high need’ people with two or more chronic conditions; and chronic disease prevention for people at ‘high risk’ of developing chronic diseases.

Visiting Optometrist 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. VOS was expanded in 2009-10 to provide increased optometry services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

VOS Service Delivery Standards

Ear and Eye Surgical Support Service (EESSS) - The EESSS 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 EESSS program. 

EESSS operates under the MOICDP 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 (ASGC-RA 1-5) are eligible to receive HEBHBL services.

HEBHBL Service Delivery Standards


What is an ASGC-RA score?

The Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) is a geographical classification system that was developed in 2001 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The RA categories are defined in terms of ‘remoteness’ i.e. the physical distance of a location from the nearest urban centre (access to goods and services) based on population size. You can find out the ASGC-RA score of your town by searching the map at Doctor Connect. 


Outreach Services

Download a list of NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Outreach Services (PDF) that are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) and administered by RDN across New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).


Outreach Vacancies

The Outreach Program provides urban and regionally based health practitioners with the rewarding opportunity to experience working in a rural or Aboriginal community (and in some cases this has resulted in health practitioners relocating permanently to rural locations). The program also supports students and registrars to participate in health outreach clinics and gain exposure to rural and Aboriginal health. 

If you are a health professional who is registered to practise in Australia or otherwise formally recognised and are interested in providing health outreach services, please register your details on our Expression of Interest form. Alternatively, email the RDN Outreach Team or call 02 8337 8100. 

Download the current NSW Rural Doctors Network outreach vacancies (PDF) for services that are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) and administered by RDN across NSW and the ACT. RDN frequently updates the list of outreach vacancies to maintain its currency; however, this vacancy information is ultimately provided by local organisations that operate individual services and is likely to change as services develop. This list does not include any outreach vacancies that aren’t funded by RDN’s Outreach Program.