Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and will be administered by Rural Health West.

This program aims to improve the eye health of people in regional, rural, and remote locations by:

  • increasing optometry services in areas of identified need;
  • improving the coordination and integration of those eye health services and the quality of ongoing patient care; and
  • enhancing communication between visiting optometrists, local health providers, and other visiting health professionals.

The objectives of VOS will be achieved through the removal of financial barriers to the provision of outreach services.

Further information is available in the Service Delivery Standards.

Rural Health West encourages the provision of culturally appropriate services. Funding maybe available for cultural training and familiarisation for health professionals who provide outreach services. For more information visit Cultural Awareness and Safety Training.

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

If you have enquiries about VOS, please contact Rural Health West on +61 8 6389 4500 or email the Outreach in the Outback team.