RWAV is the Victorian fund holder for five Australian Government outreach programs including:
Outreach programs significantly improve the range of health services available to rural, regional and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. It enables access to health professionals in areas where they cannot attract, or it is not viable to sustain a local service provider.
Outreach programs provide a flexible funding pool to support health professionals to deliver health care services in outreach locations by providing funding support to cover the basic costs of travel, accommodation, meals and other associated expenditure. In some cases, program funding may also extend to the clients and carers.
Outreach funds are not to cover the costs of a salary. It is supplementary funding to support a health professional to provide outreach services and Medicare billing should be claimed where possible.
To become an Outreach Service Provider complete the online Outreach Application Form below. The application will then be assessed by the Outreach Review Panel. The Review Panel identifies if the application meets the needs of the community, which is determined by the RWAV Needs Assessment. If successful, your application is submitted to the Commonwealth Department of Health’s, Victorian Advisory Forum (VAF). The VAF includes representation from the Commonwealth Department of Health, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Networks, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), CEOs from rural and regional health services and peak bodies such as Optometry Victoria.
The VAF makes the final approval for the commencement of service delivery. RWAV will notify you of the outcome of your application once VAF have made their final decision. Applications are open year round with assessment of outcomes occurring in November. On occasion new services can be commenced at other times of the year if additional funding sources become available.
For further information regarding Outreach Programs please contact us on 03 9349 7800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.