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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 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 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. The 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 Services (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 EESS 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


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 an ASGC-RA score?

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



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.