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Outreach Programs




Outreach Programs



Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF)

The aim of RHOF is to improve health outcomes for people living in regional, rural and remote locations by supporting the delivery of outreach health activities.


Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP)

The aim of MOICDP is to improve access to health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with chronic disease. Multidisciplinary clinical services are provided by a range of health professionals including medical specialists, GPs, nurses and allied health professionals, for best practice chronic disease prevention, treatment, management and follow-up.


Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)

First established in 1975, VOS supports optometrists to deliver outreach optometric services to locations which would not otherwise have ready access to primary eye care.


Ear and Eye Surgical Support Program (EESS)

EESSS aims to reduce the instances of avoidable blindness and deafness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations through expediting access to eye and/or ear surgery.  Patients who reside in MM3 – MM7 locations are eligible for EESS services.


Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL)

The Program aims to improve the health of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a variety of comprehensive activities focused on local health needs as well as targeted activities addressing geographic and specific disease processes. Aboriginal communities located in regional, remote and urban areas (MM2-7) are eligible to receive HEBHBL services.


Follow-up Ear and Hearing Health Service (FEHHS)

The purpose of the Follow-up Ear and Hearing Health Service is to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who receive hearing assessments under the HAP-EE program access to the required follow-up 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 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 (The Department) to administer the delivery of medical outreach services to regional, remote and Aboriginal communities in NSW and the ACT.