Outreach Funding Programs

The outreach funding programs administered by TAZREACH are as follows:

Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF)

The aim of the RHOF is to improve health outcomes for people living in rural, remote and regional locations by supporting the delivery of outreach services by nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, medical specialists and multi-disciplinary teams.

The four priority areas of the RHOF are:

  • Mental Health
  • Maternity and Paediatric Health
  • Eye Health
  • Chronic Disease Management

Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP)

The aim of the MOICDP is to increase access to a range of health services, including expanding primary health for indigenous people in the treatment and management of chronic diseases.

The MOICDP funding prioritises services that target:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic renal (kidney) disease
  • Cancer
  • Mental Health

Aboriginal Eye Health

TAZREACH administers two non-outreach service related schemes that are aimed at improving access to eye and/or ear services. These are the Aboriginal Eye Health Coordination scheme and the Ear and Eye Surgical Support Service.

The objective of the Aboriginal Eye Health Coordination scheme is to improve access to eye care services for Indigenous people through improved coordination of services and improved linkages between Aboriginal organisations and the range of services available.

The aim of the Eye and Ear Surgical Support Service is to expedite access to surgical interventions for Indigenous Australians with diagnosed eye and ear conditions who have been waiting for surgery.

As these schemes are not delivered in an outreach style, TAZREACH is unable to accept expressions of interest for funding under these schemes.

Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL) Program

The aim of the HEBHBL program is to provide audiology outreach services for Indigenous children aged 0-21 years and reduce the number of people suffering avoidable hearing loss, and improve the coordination of hearing healthcare.

Due to the limited funding available, TAZREACH is unable to access expressions of interest for services under the HEBHBL.

Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)

The aim of the VOS is to support optometrists and optical dispensers to provide visiting optometry services to rural and remote areas of Tasmania, including to Aboriginal organisations.

Optometry services provided include:

  • Eye health screening
  • Vision testing
  • Optical dispensary; and
  • Referral to other eye health specialists

Bass Strait Islands Agreement (BSIA)

The aim of the BSIA is to support primary health services to the Bass Strait Islands.

The objectives of the BSIA are to:

  • Enhance primary health services to the Bass Strait Islands
  • Broaden the range and choice of health services available
  • Support the provision of emergency critical care advice to clinicians during aeromedical evacuations within Tasmania
  • Provide a range of support services for upskilling, credentialing and training to health professionals working on the Bass Strait Islands.

If you would like further information about any of these programs, please contact TAZREACH