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
Background about Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures 2016-2026
Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures Framework
Recommendation for Clinical Guidelines - Otitis Media
Recommended Ear and Hearing Health Service Pathway
Benchmarque - Otis-Media Aural Health Care
Benchmarque - Audiometry Screening Assessment Program
Ear Health Screening Guidelines
The Children’s Health Queensland, new website Mipla Binna – Our Ears has been developed with the generous support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and enables parents and carers to have immediate access to current information about their child’s hearing loss journey.
Queensland Hearing Loss Family Support Service has designed this website to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with a child aged 0-6 years diagnosed with permanent hearing loss. It provides relevant information in an easy-to-read modular web-based format and explains the various medical and multi-disciplinary pathways presented to a family when a child is diagnosed with permanent hearing loss. The website aims to increase families’ understanding of the importance of accessing early intervention services to improve language and communication outcomes for children with permanent hearing loss. The website also supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and other professionals to understand what they can do to assist families in their healthcare journey.
The Mipla Binna – Our Ears website is now available please click here.
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:
Other Related Information
Eye and Ear Surgical Support Services Program (EESSS)
Eye and Ear Surgical Support Services (EESSS) is a Commonwealth Department of Health funded program, and forms part of CheckUP’s Outreach programs. The EESSS program aims to improve access to eye and ear surgical services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, prioritising people living in rural and remote locations, for the treatment and management of their eye and hearing health conditions.
Photo Credit: UCD School of Medicine
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.