Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICD)

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is the only Medicare Local in Australia selected to receive funding from the Department of Health and Ageing to co-ordinate the Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease (MOICD) program. Funding covers the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016.

The aim of the MOICD program is to increase access to a range of health services, including expanded primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the treatment and management of chronic disease. This includes increasing access to multidisciplinary care in primary health care settings and increasing the range of services offered by visiting health professionals to prevent, detect and manage chronic disease more effectively.

A Joint Program Steering Committee has been established by the NTML, the Northern Territory Department of Health (DoH), AMSANT and Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute to undertake strategic planning and coordination functions for the Rural Health Outreach Fund and the MOICD programs in the Northern Territory.

The first meeting of the JPSC was jointly chaired by NTML CEO Debbie Blumel and Department of Health representative Leslie Kemmis in Alice Springs on 16 July. Participants agreed that needs-based planning is essential to account for geographical differences and equitable distribution of services.

Local service providers have been engaged to continue chronic disease outreach services while the program funding and management transitions from the DoH to the NTML.

Download: NTML Fact Sheet - MOICD »

Contact:

Debbie Erswell
Principal Program Officer - MOICD

t 08 8982 1031 e debbie.erswell@ntml.org.au