Innovative Models of Care (IMOC) Program

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

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 has been finalised with 6 organisations being funded. Round 5 closed for applications on 15 December 2023, applications are currently being assessed. Further information on the models is below.

The IMOC Program funds activities such as:

  • governance
  • community engagement
  • program management activities.

Organisations funded under the IMOC program

 OrganisationFunding RegionModel

Round 1

NSW Rural Doctors Network 

 

Carry out 5 proof-of-concept pilots

 

Learn more: Collaborative Care Projects.

$3.6 million over 4 years from 2021Canola FieldsGP-led multidisciplinary team-based care for chronic-disease patients. Learn more about Canola Fields.
4Ts – Tottenham, Tullamore, Trangie and TrundleLocal health district single employer across sub-region.  Learn more about 4Ts.
Lachlan – Parkes and ForbesCo-design of a shared GP model of care across the region.  Learn more about Lachlan.
Murrumbidgee area: Snowy Valleys – Tumut, Tumbarumba, Batlow and AdelongShared (group) allied health services model for patients with diabetes.  Learn more about Snowy Valleys.
Far Western NSW: Wentworth – Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol GolSustainable shared GP model of care across the region (ACCHO-led) to address market failure.  Learn more about Wentworth.

Round 2

GP Down South Limited$1.8 million over 5 years from June 2022Warren Blackwood region of Western AustraliaClinical Care Coordination (CCC) team. Provides support for GPs and improves patient access to integrated health care. Learn more: GP down south 

Round 3

Beechworth Health Service$1.3 million over 4 years from June 2023North-East VictoriaImprove comprehensive care planning for older people across four multi-disciplinary areas of health care: What matters, medications, mobility, and mental health (4Ms). Learn more: indigo 4Ms age-friendly health care
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. Learn more: outbackfutures.org.au

Round 4

Grand Pacific Health$0.9 million over 4 years from 2024Batemans Bay and Cooma - NSWYarning Spaces: Culturally appropriate multi-disciplinary primary health care services.
HNECC PHN$1.5 million over 4 years from 2024Glen Innes - NSWComprehensive Approach for Rural Engagement (CARE) Model: a place-based and person-centred multi-disciplinary health team.
Killarney Memorial Aged Care$1.4 million over 4 years from 2024Killarney - QLDHolistic team-based care: delivered by a collaborative network of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals.
Northern District Community Health $1.4 million over 4 years from 2024Central/North-west Victoria: Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra ShiresSustainable Rural Healthcare Hub: a network of six small health services clustered geographically across the region.
Sunraysia Community Health Services$1.4 million over 4 years from 2024Mildura, Kerang, Shepparton and Myrtleford - VICCP@team: a Community Paramedic co-ordinated care model across four community health services.
Southern Cross Care Ltd$1.4 million over 4 years from 2024Chinchilla and Western Downs - QLDAge Well Community Centre: a one-stop-shop to provide a range of aged care and health services.

Round 5

 

Applications under assessment. Further information to follow.

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.

Goals

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.

Status

The Australian Government has announced the successful applicants from IMOC Round 4. The IMOC Round 5 grant opportunity is currently being assessed. IMOC Round 5 is the final grant opportunity that the Department has funding for.

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

Fact sheets

To view the grant opportunity and submit applications visit GrantConnect.

Ministers’ Media releases

Contact

Health Grants Team

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