Outreach funding programs
Outreach funding programs administered by TAZREACH have specific aims and service priorities.
Eligibility of service locations is determined by the Service Delivery Standards using the Modified Monash (MM) Model.
There are five current TAZREACH funded services (listed below).
Bass Strait Island Agreement (BSIA) services
The BSIA supports primary health services to the Bass Strait Islands 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.
Services under the BSIA are only available on Cape Barren Island, Flinders Island and King Island. The current funding agreement finishes on 30 June 2022.
Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL)
The HEBHBL program provides audiology outreach services for Indigenous children aged 0–21 and reduces the number of people suffering avoidable hearing loss, improving the coordination of hearing healthcare.
Due to limited funding, TAZREACH is unable to access expressions of interest for services under the HEBHBL. Services are eligible in MM 2-7 locations and administered using the IAHP Service Delivery Standards.
The current funding agreement finishes on 30 June 2022.
As of 1 July 2021, there are five speech pathology services available across Tasmania for Aboriginal children, that are funded through the Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL) program.
Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP)
The MOICDP increases access to a range of health services, including expanding primary health for indigenous people in the treatment and management of chronic diseases. Its funding prioritises:
- cardiovascular disease
- chronic respiratory disease
- chronic renal (kidney) disease
- mental health
Services are eligible in MM 1-7 locations and administered using IAHP Service Delivery Standards. The current funding agreement finishes on 30 June 2024. As of 1 July 2021, there are 57 services across Tasmania that are funded through MOICDP.
Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) services
The RHOF improves health outcomes for people living in rural, remote and regional locations by supporting the delivery of outreach services by:
- allied health professionals
- medical specialists
- multi-disciplinary teams.
The four priority areas are:
- mental health
- maternity and paediatric health
- eye health
- chronic disease management.
Services are eligible in MM 3-7 locations and administered using the RHOF Service Delivery Standards. The current funding agreement finishes on 30 June 2024.
Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)
The VOS supports 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
- referral to other eye health specialists
Services under the VOS are eligible in MM 2-7 locations and administered using the IAHP Service Delivery Standards. The current funding agreement for the VOS finishes on 30 June 2024.
Coordination of Indigenous eye health
TAZREACH also administers the Coordination of Indigenous Eye Health program.
The objective of the Coordination of Indigenous Eye Health program 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.
This program is not related to outreach service provision and as such TAZREACH is unable to accept expressions of interest for funding under this scheme.
The current funding agreement for the Coordination of Indigenous Eye Health finishes on 30 June 2022.
Community Health and Hospitals Program (CHHP)
The CHHP is a new time-limited program and will be administered by the TAZREACH office.
It is available to support activities in the North and North West.
There are currently no details available as to the scope or key priorities of the CHHP.
The completion of the TAZREACH Needs Assessment and extensive community consultation will inform the direction of the program.
For more information, please go to TAZREACH Resources and Latest News.