Rural Health Outreach Fund

This page contains information on the Rural Health Outreach Fund

Page last updated: 27 November 2014

The Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) consolidates the activities of five existing programs, and will provide a larger, flexible funding pool for initiatives aimed at improving access to medical specialists, GPs, allied and other health providers in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.

The Fund will support the delivery of all medical specialties and a range of primary health care services in rural, regional and remote Australia. These include but are not limited to multi-disciplinary maternity services, eye health services and their coordination, and services by female GPs.

The Fund Guidelines are available below:

PDF Version of Flexible Fund Guidelines: Rural Health Outreach Fund (PDF 804 KB)
Word Version of Flexible Fund Guidelines: Rural Health Outreach Fund (Word 543 KB)

The first funding round under the RHOF was advertised on 1 December 2012 and closed on 25 January 2013.

Background

Rural Health Outreach Fund

Following a review of administrative arrangements in the then Health and Ageing portfolio, the Australian Government announced in the 2011-12 Budget that it will establish the RHOF.

The RHOF consolidates the activities of five existing outreach programs, and will provide a larger, flexible funding pool for initiatives aimed at supporting people living in regional,rural and remote locations to access a wide range of health care services.

The RHOF is one of the new Flexible Funds and consolidates five programs, namely:

  • The Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP);
  • MSOAP – Ophthalmology expansion;
  • MSOAP – Maternity services expansion;
  • Rural Women’s GP Service Program; and
  • National Rural and Remote Health – Kimberley Paediatric Outreach Program.

State and NT RHOF fundholders are:

NSW: NSW Rural Doctors Network
Phone: 02 8337 8100

NT: NT Department of Health
Phone: 08 8999 2659

Queensland: CheckUp Australia
Phone: 07 3105 8300

SA: Rural Doctors Workforce Agency-SA
Phone: 08 8234 8277

Tasmania: Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: 03 6336 5144

Victoria: Rural Workforce Agency Victoria
Phone: 03 9349 7800

WA: Rural Health West
Phone: 08 6389 4500

For further information about the RHOF, please email RHOF@health.gov.au