TAZREACH Newsletter - November, 2019


TAZREACH Newsletter - November 2019

TAZREACH Team Update

New Team Member

The TAZREACH team are excited to introduce a new member to our team, Lisa O'Toole. Lisa will be taking up the Health Programs Coordinator role and will be overseeing the Aboriginal Eye Health Coordination program and the Visiting Optometrists Scheme.

Lisa has worked in the Department of Health and Tasmanian Health Service for many years, and most recently has been working in the Wellness Framework project which has been developing ways of embedding a "wellness" approach in health services.

Team Movements

We would also like to advise that David Huf, who has just welcomed a new addition to the family, is on leave and will not be returning to the TAZREACH office until the new year.

During this time please contact Lisa O'Toole for any queries relating to the Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS) and the Bass Strait Islands Agreement (BSIA).

Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) Service Update

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry to King Island

TAZREACH is currently seeking a new service provider to deliver a psychiatry service on King Island.

The service is approved for up to 10 single day visits in a full financial year and includes funding to cover travel expenses, travel time, administration and professional support for a service provider travelling from North/North West Tasmania, or Melbourne.

As funding is only available to cover the travel expenses the service provider is also able to utilise other billing methods; bulk billing being the preferred method to increase access to the service.

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about this service, please contact Kellie on kellie.jarman@health.tas.gov.au.

Close the Gap for Vision: 2020 National Conference

TAZREACH is once again offering funding support for representatives of the Aboriginal organisations, clinicians and health workings working in eye health to attend the conference. Funding will cover the cost of flights, accommodation and conference registration.

This is an important opportunity to contribute to Closing the Gap, and to continue building our networks here in Tasmania. We are really keen to see you there!

If you would like some more information about the conference, please visit the Close the Gap for Vision 2020: National Conference 2020 website.

Please contact Lisa O'Toole on (03) 6777 4130 or lisa.otoole@health.tas.gov.au to express your interest and/or discuss funding to attend the conference.

Upcoming Cut-off Dates

Please take note of the following cut-off dates for pre-Christmas processing of service claims:

  • Wednesday 18th December - ALL outstanding claim forms for services provided between July and December need to be submitted to TAZREACH by this date.
  • Thursday 19th December - this will be the final day the TAZREACH team will process claims before Christmas. Any claims received after this date will be held until January for processing.

TAZREACH Office Closure

The TAZREACH office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's period from 12pm Tuesday 24th December and will reopen on Thursday 2nd January.

We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe festive season and look forward to continuing to work with you in the New Year.

Contact Us

Please contact TAZREACH using our generic email address (please ensure all claims are emailed to this address).

Contact NamePositionPhoneEmail Address
Kim AtkinsManager Purchasing and PerformancePh: (03) 6777 4270kim.m.atkins@health.tas.gov.au
Kellie JarmanProject CoordinatorPh: (03) 6777 4277kellie.jarman@health.tas.gov.au
Alex BrownProject OfficerPh: (03) 6777 4290alex.brown@health.tas.gov.au
Lisa O'TooleHealth Program CoordinatorPh: (03) 6777 4130lisa.otoole@health.tas.gov.au
David HufGraduate RecruitPh: (03) 6777 4297david.huf@health.tas.gov.au

If you would like further information on TAZREACH, please visit our website


TAZREACH would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the island state Lutruwita, and to their Elders, both past and present.

The Australian Government Department of Health is gratefully acknowledged as the funding body for the TAZREACH funding measures.

Thank you to our current providers for playing a fundamental role in improving access to health services in rural and remote Tasmanian communities.