Evaluation of Medical Specialist Outreach Program and Visiting Optometrist Scheme

Department of Health and Ageing, 2011

In April 2010 the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) engaged Health Policy Analysis to undertake an evaluation of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP) and the Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS).

The evaluation was intended to address key aspects of the operations of these programs. It aimed to:

There were specific questions established for the evaluation. To address these questions, Health Policy Analysis designed a mixed method evaluation approach, including a literature review and document analysis, interviews with an extensive range of stakeholders across the country, call for and analysis of written submissions from stakeholders, surveys of service providers (both MSOAP and VOS), analysis of program data and Medicare Australia data, and case studies of seven communities across Australia and one national program (Tele-Derm). Overall, 66 interviews were held with 57 organisations and 160 individuals.

Written submissions were received from 23 organisations or individuals. In addition 59 individuals were interviewed for the case studies.

The recommendations arising from the evaluation are progressively being implemented by DoHA.

The final report is available here.