Eye and Ear Surgical Support Service (EESS) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered by Rural Health West.

This program aims to increase access to surgical interventions for Indigenous Australians living in rural and remote locations, with diagnosed eye and ear conditions who have been placed on a waiting list for surgery. In the case of ear conditions, services are limited to Indigenous children and youth (0-21 years).

Funding for EESS is able to support the cost of travel and accommodation for the patient and carer (one carer per patient) to and from the surgery location. For further information on EESS download the Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program Service Delivery Standards sections 8.8, 8.9 and 8.10.

All service providers funded under EESS must demonstrate that they have undertaken appropriate cultural awareness and safety training or be willing to undertake training prior to commencing service delivery. For more information visit cultural awareness and safety training.

Service providers can download a copy of the EESS Service Activity Report here.

If you have enquiries about EESS, please contact Rural Health West on +61 8 389 4500 or email the Outreach in the Outback team