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Eye Health Teams for Rural Australia Expansion of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP) enables additional cataract eye operations through the existing MSOAP, which provides financial assistance to specialists to cover the costs of travelling to rural and remote locations to provide clinical services.
The Eye Health Expansion of MSOAP aims to improve access of rural and remote communities to eye health services. The initiative includes a multi-disciplinary, team based approach, targeting eye health.The objectives of the expansion are to:
The Eye Health Expansion of MSOAP is funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists, who also promote the availability of the service.
Abstract adapted from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing
This document outlines key descriptors of the national Eye Health Teams for Rural Australia Expansion of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (Eye Health Expansion, MSOAP), for the period 2010-11 to 2013-14. The guidelines detail the following:
The guidelines provide useful information for all participants of the Eye Health Expansion as well as organisations and individuals relevant to the implementation of the program, including: the Department of Health and Ageing - central and state/territory offices, Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO), the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) Taskforce of the ASO, the National MSOAP Eye Health Committee, state/territory health agencies and networks, eye health professionals, Aboriginal Health Workers, Aboriginal Medical Services; and Regional Eye Health Coordinators. The Eye health expansion guidelines also include details on where to go for additional information.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract