Programs, Services & Vacancies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 co-ordination 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 AHEC has currently 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 AHEC and includes key state and national eye-health stakeholders that inform policy through their respective networks provide input to the program.
The Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) is a geographical classification system developed in 2001 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 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.
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 Outreach team or call 02 8337 8100.
Download the current NSW Rural Doctors Network outreach vacancies (Vacancies PDF) (Vacancies Excel) 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.
NSW Rural Doctors Network (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 New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (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.