Visiting health services for country communities.
We are proud to support over 1,000 outreach health services across rural and remote Western Australia to improve access to healthcare for rural communities.
Outreach Health Services
Many communities in regional, rural and remote Australia do not have easy access to medical specialists or allied health professionals who can diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses. Providing access to specialised medical services reduces the patient’s need to travel long distances to attend a consultation or receive treatment, meaning they can stay close to their home and family.
Rural Health West administers outreach services on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health. We are the jurisdictional Fundholder in Western Australia of five Australian Government Department of Health Outreach programs until 30 June 2020.
Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF)
RHOF supports outreach activities which address health issues identified in regional, rural and remote locations. This fund places a specific emphasis on the following health priorities; maternity and paediatric health, eye health, mental health and support for chronic disease management.
Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP)
MOICDP aims to support the provision of primary health care multidisciplinary teams to prevent, detect and manage chronic diseases in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in urban, rural, regional and remote communities. Chronic disease is defined as ‘a condition that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or more’.
Eye and Ear Surgical Support Service (EESS)
EESS aims to increase access to surgical interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with diagnosed eye and ear conditions, who have been placed on a waiting list for surgery.
Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL)
HEBHBL aims to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of complex ear conditions that arise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth (aged 0 – 21 years) by increasing access to multidisciplinary ear health teams.
Additional information about Outreach Services
Health professionals providing outreach services can apply for funding to cover:
- meals and incidentals
- administration support
- facility fees
Support may also be extended to provide backfill for public health professionals and under exceptional circumstances a workforce support payment for private health professionals providing outreach to remote and very remote communities.
All service providers must demonstrate that they have undertaken appropriate cultural awareness and safety training or be willing to undertake training prior to commencing service delivery. A number of suitable training programs and resources can be found on the Cultural and Awareness Training page.
The Rural Health West Outreach team employs a number of strategies to support service providers to recruit health professionals to assist with outreach services. If you need help finding a health professional to provide your service, please download a Request for Recruitment Assistance form and email to the Outreach team.