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 2021 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.
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.
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.
National Otitis Media Guidelines (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:
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.
Program Resource Guidelines