The objective of the VOS is to improve the eye health of people in regional, rural and remote locations by:
- increasing optometry services in areas of identified need;
- improving the coordination and integration of those eye health services and the quality of ongoing patient care; and
- enhancing communication between visiting optometrists, local health providers and other visiting health professionals.
To achieve this, the VOS provides funding to address a range of financial disincentives incurred by optometrists providing outreach services, including:
- travel, accommodation and meals;
- facility fees and administrative support at the outreach location;
- lost business opportunity due to time spent travelling to outreach locations;
- locum support at the home practice; and
- lease and transport of equipment.
Improved coordination, integration and communication are addressed through linkages with the planning and service delivery processes undertaken by State/Territory funded health organisations, primary health organisations, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector and other relevant stakeholders at the jurisdiction and local level.