About the Outreach Programs
CheckUP, in partnership with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), is the jurisdictional fund holder for the Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF), Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP), Healthy Ears – Better Hearing, Better Listening (HE-BH,BL), Visiting Optometry Scheme (VOS) and Eye and Ears Surgical Services (EESS) initiatives in Queensland.
These current funding programs consolidated the suite of outreach service delivery programs including the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP), the MSOAP - Maternity Services, the MSOAP - Indigenous Chronic Disease Program, the Urban Specialist Outreach Assistance Program and the Rural Women’s GP Service.
RHOF, MOICDP HE-BH,BL, VOS and EESS are now offering a more flexible funding stream in the provision of medical specialist, GP, and allied health professional services to urban, regional, rural and remote locations including many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Funding through these programs is available to cover the out of pocket travel and administration expenses associated with the delivery of the Outreach service.
Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF)
The aim of the RHOF is to improve health outcomes for people living in regional, rural and remote locations by supporting the delivery of outreach health activities.
Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP)
The aim of the MOICDP is to increase access to a range of health services, including expanded primary health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the treatment and management of chronic disease.
Healthy Ears – Better Hearing, Better Listening (HE-BHBL)
The aim of the Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening Program is to increase access to a range of health services including expanded primary health for Indigenous children and youth (0-21 years) for the diagnosis, treatment and management of ear and hearing health. All funded services delivered in Queensland are required to be aligned to the Queensland Government’s 10 year policy to improve the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children—Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures 2016-2026—and the National Otitis Media Guidelines.
Service priorities are early childhood (preschool); and/or school surveillance programs. Preference will be given to providers who can demonstrate effective referral pathways, information sharing strategies and opportunities to provide ear health education which strengthen community capacity for better hearing.
Service Delivery Standards
Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures 2016 -2026 and National Guidelines
Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)
The aim of the VOS is to deliver outreach optometry services to people living in regional, rural and remote locations, who do not have ready access to primary eye care services. This includes expanded services to improve eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in rural and remote locations.
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Eye and Ear Surgical Services Program (EESS)
The Eye and Ear Surgical Service Program is part of the CheckUP Surgical Services Program. The EESS program aims to improve access to ENT and Ophthalmology surgical services. Specifically for people living in rural and remote locations, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, (0-21 years old for ENT surgery) for the treatment of eye and hearing health.
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Indigenous Nutrition Services Program
The aim of the Indigenous Nutrition Services Program is to improve chronic conditions by increasing access to additional nutrition services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Establish new or enhance existing outreach services to provide access to nutrition services for Indigenous Australians.
- Plan service delivery in consultation with relevant local stakeholders.