Useful reports and links for outreach health service providers.

The Regional Services team supports planning to identify gaps and determine community need for health services. These resources offer outreach health service providers assistance when planning their visits.

Outreach and COVID-19

We understand that service providers may be receiving information about COVID-19 from many sources, with information changing on a daily basis. Rural Health West is committed to supporting communities and maintaining services and programs as much as possible while being guided by the information provided by the Australian and State governments.

Rural Health West will continue to communicate with service providers with updated information as this becomes available. Please see below information and resources regarding Outreach services and COVID-19.

Management Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations (Management Plan)

The Management Plan has been developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19.
Part One of the Management Plan outlines the guiding principles, key issues and targeted action for planning, response and management for COVID-19 that need to underpin all engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

Part Two is an Operational Plan directed at health care professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and peoples and is to be used as a guide for preparing First Nations communities and developing local operational plans. It provides specific operational guidance and tailoring relevant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how the health sector can best respond in an effective and culturally-safe way.

To access Management Plan please follow the link.

Stronger travel restrictions in the Kimberley

As of 12.00 am Friday 3 April 2020, new travel restrictions for the Kimberley region were introduced. Travel restrictions are in line with the four local government boundaries (shires of Broome, Derby, West Kimberley, Wyndham East Kimberley and Halls Creek). People must stay in their local government area. 

For further information, please follow the link

Intrastate travel restrictions and Outreach services
As of 12.00 am Wednesday 1 April 2020, the WA Government introduced intrastate travel restrictions. While essential health services may be exempt from these restrictions, contact must be made with host facilities prior to travelling to discuss your visiting service in the context of COVID-19. Visiting health service providers should comply with the requirements of the host facilities at all times to ensure the safety of all involved. This may result in a service being postponed until the restrictions are lifted, or cancelled. If this is necessary, please contact your program coordinator. 

For further information regarding the intrastate travel restrictions, please visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet website

Travel to remote WA Aboriginal communities
Information for workers from the Australian Government agencies, services and programs visiting remote communities can be accessed here.

The Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions can be accessed here.

As of Monday 23 March 2020, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP released an expansion of Telehealth Services in response to COVID-19. This media release can be accessed here

Outreach e-bulletin

The Outreach team produce a monthly e-bulletin for those with an interest in outreach health services. See the latest e-bulletins below:

Regional Services May 2020

Regional Services April 2020

Regional Services March 2020

Regional Services February 2020

January 2020 RHOF: Pain Management Services - applications open

Regional Services January 2020

To subscribe to the Regional Services e-bulletins, please contact the Regional Services team.  

Communities of Excellence Project

The Australian Digital Health Agency, in collaboration with delivery partners and stakeholders, will work with the Hedland community to
deliver the Communities of Excellence Project. The project will:

  • Connect all healthcare providers in Hedland to the national My Health Record system and train them on how to use it and how it will benefit the community
  • Run a digital literacy program for Hedland residents to empower them to take advantage of the benefits of digital health
  • Showcase Hedland as a model for building digital health Communities of Excellence that can be replicated across Australia

Please click here to view a webinar from the Australian Digital Health Agency:
Digital Health Tools for COVID-19 and Beyond: Improving Care Coordination 

For more information please visit the Australian Digital Health Agency website

WA Child Ear Health Strategy

WA Child Ear Health Strategy-Rural Health West

This Strategy has been developed to tackle ear disease amongst children, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Western Australia. It provides a road map for better care through multi-agency service planning, strengthened community focused partnerships, alignment of funding, and better coordination.

Guidelines for acknowledging funding provided by Rural Health West

Under funding agreements, service providers are required to acknowledge both Rural Health West and the Australian Government Department of Health when referring to services supported through Outreach programs. By acknowledging this support, organisations and service providers are informing the community about how public funding is spent.

Detailed guidelines for acknowledging funding can be found here. Please contact the Regional Services team to obtain a high-resolution copy of the correct logo(s).

Specialist Services in Rural Western Australia Gap and Equity Analysis Update 2016

In March 2016, Rural Health West undertook an assessment of equity of access to, and gaps in, specialist services available to residents in each rural and remote region of Western Australia. An electronic version can be downloaded here.

Regional Population and Health Snapshots

The regional snapshots provide information on the health status and infrastructure in each region and are recommended when planning outreach health services.

Great Southern
South West

WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030

This framework identifies a set of guiding principles, strategic directions and priority areas to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Western Australia for the next 15 year period.

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2019

HealthInfoNet have produced this overview which provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ear equipment supply, maintenance and repair

The Australian Government has invested in a number of ear and hearing health initiatives which are available nationally, free of charge.

Sonic Innovations has been contracted to manage the supply of equipment and accessories, maintenance and calibration services, and freight for ear assessment equipment and accessories supplied to Aboriginal Medical Services and other health services with a predominance of Aboriginal clients.  A list of services in Western Australia with ear assessment equipment is available here.