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 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 updated information as this becomes available. Please see below information and resources regarding Outreach services and COVID-19.
Intrastate travel restrictions and Outreach services
As of 12.00 am Wednesday 1 April 2020, the WA Government will introduce 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.
The Outreach team produce a monthly e-bulletin for those with an interest in outreach health services. See the latest e-bulletins below:
To subscribe to the Regional Services e-bulletins, please contact the Regional Services team.
WA Child Ear Health Strategy
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.
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.
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 people.
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.