The Medical specialist outreach assistance program - Indigenous chronic disease (MSOAPICD) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The aim is to improve access to medical, allied health and nursing services for rural and remote communities, and those with significant Aboriginal populations, through the development and support of outreach clinics. The delivery of outreach services is achieved in partnership with local health organisations such as Rural Doctor's Network (RDN).
RDN is seeking expressions of interest from Ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists interesting in providing outreach for varying Aboriginal communities. This outreach service would involve the following:
- Clinic activity - patient consultations and occasional staff upskilling (procedures may eventuate pending theatre availability)
- Clinical support - practice nurse, audiologist, GPs and links to chronic disease team
- Service frequency - six, one-day clinics at Condobolin Aboriginal Medical Service
- Transport - provided by Rural Aerial Health Service (RAHS); the RAHS flight departs from Bankstown airport two Thursdays each month at 7:00am and returns the same day at 5:30pm.
- Remuneration and costs - patients are bulk-billed or VMO rate offered. Travel and facility hire costs are provided including support for local patient bookings.
- Service summary - the visiting ENT service will provide patient consultations and upskilling of local health professionals, and support local GPs to enhance management and prevention and treatment of ear disease, including otitis media. The service may eventually include minor procedures if local theatres become available. A local nurse and audiologist will provide clinical support and patient screening. The visiting ENT specialists will be part of a larger chronic disease team including a visiting endocrinologist, cardiologist, and renal physician. Local clinic administration, including patient booking and recall, is also provided. This service would ideally suit Sydney-based ENT surgeons; however, specialists from other areas can apply if a viable alternative transport option is available.
NSW Rural Doctors Network
PO Box 1111
Mascot NSW 1460
Ph: (02) 8337 8100