We were pleased to be advised that our application for the Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) was again successful for the 2017-2020 funding round. This grant goes towards supporting our Kalgoorlie and Geraldton telenuclear medicine services, which are significantly more expensive to operate due to the significantly higher operational costs in FIFO travel, radioisotope delivery and staffing.
RHOF supports outreach activities that address health issues identified in regional, rural and remote locations. This fund places a specific emphasis on the following health priorities; maternity and paediatric health, eye health, mental health and support for chronic disease management.
Providing access to specialised medical services reduces the patient’s need to travel long distances to attend a consultation or receive treatment, meaning they can stay close to their home and family. Rural Health West administers outreach services on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health.