Innovative Models of Care (IMOC) Program

Learn how this program helps organisations trial new ways of providing primary care in rural and remote communities.

Innovative Models of Care (IMOC) Program Grant Opportunity is now open.

To view the grant opportunity and submit applications visit GrantConnect.


We held an information webinar on IMOC Grant Round 5 on Wednesday 15 November, 2023 at 2:30pm. Slides from the webinar are available below.

About the initiative

The IMOC Program objectives are to:

  • trial new multidisciplinary primary care models designed to reduce chronic workforce shortages and improve patient access in a range of locations (including remote towns)
  • learn from trials that are under way and incorporate learnings into new trials
  • evaluate trials to discover which models work, where they work and whether they are financially sustainable.

Communities are rural or remote if they are in categories 3–7 of the Modified Monash Model (MMM).

IMOC aims to attract and keep rural health professionals. It also encourages:

  • health professionals working to their full scope of practice
  • multidisciplinary team-based models of care
  • different employment models for healthcare professionals
  • sharing of healthcare resources between small, connected communities.

The program started in 2020–21 with funding to the New South Wales Rural Doctors Network. These funds were for the trial of 5 innovative care models in NSW (Round 1). In 2021–22, funding was awarded to GP Down South to trial a model of care in the Warren Blackwood region of Western Australia (Round 2). In April 2023, Beechworth Health Service and Outback Futures Ltd were funded through Round 3. Round 4 closed for applications on 7 August 2023 and successful organisations will be announced shortly. Further information on the models is below.

IMOC Round 5 is now open on GrantConnect:

Grant Round



Focus (Government direction)




Currently Open

Multidisciplinary models of team-based care and health care providers working to their full scope of practice. This grant opportunity supports organisations in rural and remote communities (in Modified Monash (MM) Model 3-7 areas to:

  • implement locally co-designed, innovative, sustainable, practical, culturally safe and community-supported multidisciplinary models of primary care; and/or
  • build local multidisciplinary workforce capacity to address the specific health needs of a community or region and improve primary health care access in thin markets.

All primary care organisations. State and Territory governments can only apply as part of a consortium (not as the lead agency). Full eligibility requirements to be detailed in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines


The IMOC Program funds activities such as:

  • governance
  • community engagement
  • program management activities.

Organisations funded under the IMOC program

Round Organisation Funding Region Model

NSW Rural Doctors Network

Carry out 5 proof-of-concept pilots

Learn more:

Collaborative Care Projects

About the program.

$3.6 million over 4 years from 2021 Canola Fields

GP-led multidisciplinary team-based care for chronic-disease patients.  Learn more about Canola Fields.

4Ts – Tottenham, Tullamore, Trangie and Trundle

Local health district single employer across sub-region.  Learn more about 4Ts.

Lachlan – Parkes and Forbes

Co-design of a shared GP model of care across the region.  Learn more about Lachlan.

Murrumbidgee area: Snowy Valleys – Tumut, Tumbarumba, Batlow and Adelong

Co-design of a shared GP model of care across the region.  Learn more about Snowy Valleys.

Far Western NSW: Wentworth – Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol

Sustainable shared GP model of care across the region (ACCHO-led) to address market failure.  Learn more about Wentworth.

2 GP Down South Limited $1.8 million over 5 years from June 2022 Warren Blackwood region of Western Australia Clinical Care Coordination (CCC) team. Provides support for GPs and improves patient access to integrated health care. Learn more about GP down south.
3 Beechworth Health Service $1.3 million over 4 years from June 2023 North-East Victoria Improve comprehensive care planning for older people across four multi-disciplinary areas of health care: What matters, medications, mobility, and mental health (4Ms).
Outback Futures Ltd $1.5 million over 5 years from June 2023 5 regions in remote QLD:
Blackall-Tambo, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Cloncurry
Work-In-Work-Out (WIWO) 
multi-disciplinary model to improve access to allied health professionals
4 Announcements coming soon.

Why it is important

High-quality health care is essential for all Australians – regardless of location. Rural and remote Australians experience poorer health outcomes than people in cities.

New approaches, such as collaboration between local providers and communities, may improve this.

Sustainable solutions can come from:

  • primary health care professionals working together to deliver services to several smaller, connected communities
  • making best use of all healthcare providers in a region.

Primary care disciplines may include:

  • GPs
  • nurses and nurse practitioners
  • midwives
  • allied health practitioners
  • non-dispensing pharmacists
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers
  • other health professionals and assistants.

The IMOC Program will benefit healthcare professionals and consumers. It also helps communities create sustainable healthcare for their unique needs.


The goal is to find out whether the models:

  • make rural practice more attractive to health professionals
  • lead to better health services and patient outcomes.

The outcomes may lead to ongoing primary care changes, as trials are intended to be financially-sustainable into the future and also potentially applicable to other communities.

Who we work with

We are working with the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner.

Apply for funding

Register to receive grant opportunity information and updates on GrantConnect.


The Australian Government will announce the successful applicants from Round 4 in due course. The IMOC Round 5 grant opportunity is now open.

Fact sheets

To view the grant opportunity and submit applications visit GrantConnect.

Ministers’ Media releases


Health Grants Team

Contact the team for help and information about applying for grants listed on GrantConnect.
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