- Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF)
- Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP)
- Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)
- Ear and Eye Surgical Support Services (EESS)
- Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL)
- Aboriginal Eye Health Coordination (AEHC) Project
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 map at Doctor Connect.
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.