About the Outreach Programs

CheckUP is the jurisdictional fund holder for the Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF), Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP), Healthy Ears, Visiting Optometry Scheme (VOS) and Eye and Ears Surgical Support (EESS) initiatives in Queensland.

RHOF, MOICDP, HE-BH,BL, VOS and EESS are 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 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. Please refer to the Outreach Service Delivery Standards 2020 linked here.




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.

Fact sheet
Service Delivery Standards




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.

Fact sheet




Healthy Ears 

The aim of the Healthy Ears 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.

Fact sheet
National Otitis Media Guidelines (released Feb 2020)  
EarTrain Program (download brochure)
Aboriginal, Torres Strait islander & Pacific Islander: Ear Health Manual 
Deadly Ears resource info
Funding Guidelines for Ear and Hearing Health Screening Programmes
PLUM and HATS
Third edition National Guide to a Preventive Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Chronic Conditions Manual – Prevention & management of chronic conditions
Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures Hearing health framework 2016-2026
Care for Kids Ears resources
The Children's Health Queensland, Mipla Binna - Our Ears 



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.

For more information about the VOS go to:
Fact sheet

Other Related Information

The University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Eye Health (IEH)
Spectacle Supply Scheme (Qld Health link)
MASS Spectacle Supply Scheme (Application Guidelines)




Eye and Ear Surgical Support Program (EESS)

The Eye and Ear Surgical Support (EESS) program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, under the Indigenous Australians' Health Program, and forms part of CheckUP’s Outreach services. The EESS program aims to reduce the instances of avoidable blindness and deafness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations through expediting access to eye and/or ear surgery. Services are prioritised to people living in MMM 3-7 locations across Queensland.

Fact Sheet
EESS Expression of Interest
Media Release - Cataract Surgery Blitz in South West Queensland (3 February 2016)

Photo Credit: UCD School of Medicine



Pain Management

The purpose of the RHOF Pain Management funding is to support delivery of outreach pain management specialist services in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia and to undertake upskilling of primary care providers in these areas to improve prescribing habits and awareness of appropriate pain management treatment, specifically to:
•    support additional specialist pain management services being delivered through the RHOF with service delivery to be prioritised to those areas showing the highest rates of opioid prescriptions;  
•    reduce inappropriate prescribing (and resulting harms); 
•    reduce the chronic pain impacts being experienced by patients in regional, rural and remote communities; and 
•    reduce the overuse and potential harms of prescription opioids being used for long-term pain management. 
Also, to improve the awareness of appropriate pain management strategies by primary care providers in regional, rural and remote areas through the development and dissemination of new training resources (including online information and education).

CheckUP have been working closely with the Statewide Persistent Pain Management Clinical Network and Queensland Health’s Pain Clinics to develop and contract service providers to deliver these much needed services.

Please see useful links below:

Download CheckUP's Pain Management Flyer here. 


Tucka-Time

CheckUP, in partnership with the Centre for Rural and Regional Indigenous Health (CRRIH) are delivering Tucka-Time, a nutrition and healthy lifestyles programs in six schools throughout Queensland in 2017-2020.  Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, Tucka-Time is a ten week school-based program for primary or high school students, with two hour classes held each week, either in class time or after school as part of a homework club.  The program, which is targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, aims to improve knowledge and skills around healthy eating, budgeting, shopping, cooking, mental health and wellbeing.  Students participate in cooking classes, tour a local supermarket and attend information sessions presented by a dietitian/nutritionist and a psychologist.

For more information about Tucka-Time click here.


Program Resource Guidelines