Rural Health West is proud to support over 1,000 outreach health services across our vast state. We are the jurisdictional Fundholder in Western Australia for five Australian Government Department of Health Outreach programs.
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. With the support of 79 service providers, Rural Health West aims to improve access to these health services for people living across Western Australia. 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.
Eye and Ear Surgical Support Service (EESS)
EESS aims to increase access to surgical interventions for Indigenous Australians 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 Island children and youth (aged 0 – 21 years) by increasing access to multidisciplinary ear health teams.
HEBHBL Service Delivery Standards
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’.
MOICDP Service Delivery Standards
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.
RHOF Service Delivery Standards
Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)
VOS aims to improve the eye health of people in regional, rural and remote locations by improving coordination and integration of new and existing eye health services and increasing access to optometry services.
VOS Service Delivery Standards
Health professionals providing outreach services can apply for funding to cover:
- meals & 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.
In addition, EESS includes financial support for patients and carers.
To express interest in providing outreach services in Western Australia, please contact the Outreach in the Outback team via email or phone 08 6389 4500. The team will be able to explain the application and approval process.
Please note: funding is currently fully allocated in RHOF, MOICDP, HEBHBL and EESS for 2016-2017, however new and expanding services can be supported in VOS.
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 in the Outback 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 in the Outback team.