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All RDWA Outreach Services have been extended by the Australian Government for one year.
All fund holders, across the nation, have been offered similar 12 month agreements.
Funding to the programs has been maintained with the exception of the Rural Health Outreach program, which has suffered a 13% reduction in funding, which is approximately $400,000.
RDWA Health Outreach will continue to deliver priority services to rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
RDWA has developed a plan to accommodate the reductions, which involves minimal impact to current service delivery.
The Indigenous Chronic Disease Program has retained its funding level. Ear and Eye Surgical Services (EESS), eye health coordination and a new nutrition outreach service have been incorporated into the Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP).
The Visiting Optometrist Scheme (VOS) level of funding has been retained.
The service plans for each program are endorsed by the South Australian Outreach Advisory Forum, a body including representatives from the Australian Government, South Australian Government, Aboriginal Health Council, Primary Health Networks and Optometry SA.
As the Commonwealth Department of Health approves the plan for each funded area, the RDWA is proceeding to re-contract the 150+ providers who service our rural communities.
If you have any questions about the changes to arrangements please contact either the CEO Lyn Poole or the General Manager Mandy McCulloch.