Participate information for the optometrist survey for the national evaluation of VOS

Who is conducting this survey and why?
This study is being undertaken by Health Policy Analysis Pty Ltd. The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (Rural Health Services and Policy Branch) has engaged Health Policy Analysis Pty Ltd to evaluate the Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS). The purpose of the evaluation is to analyse the efficiency, effectiveness and value of the program.

This survey is designed to collect information concerning the way in which outreach services are provided, the challenges faced by specialist and other providers in delivering these services and their assessment of aspects of the operation and effectiveness of VOS.

In addition to this survey, evidence for the evaluation is being gathered through interviews with stakeholders, community visits and analysis of other data sources.

Why have you been included in this study?
This study aims to gain a comprehensive view of the program. Therefore, it is important to get feedback from optometrists participating in the program on its effectiveness.

Who should complete the survey?
This survey should be completed by an optometrist who has participated in VOS.

What happens with the results?
Your responses to this survey will be anonymous confidential. The data from this survey will be held by Health Policy Analysis Pty Ltd and not provided to other parties. We plan to compile and analyse the survey responses. Results will be published in an evaluation report that will be provided to the Department of Health and Ageing. The results may also be published in a peer reviewed journal and/or presented at relevant forums for the purposes of sharing information on the provision of outreach medical services in rural and remote Australia. However, in any publication resulting from this survey, information will be provided in such a way that service providers are not identified.

How long should this survey take to complete?
On average this survey will require around 15 minutes to complete.

Who can you contact in Health Policy Analysis if you have any questions or concerns about this study?
You may contact Jesse Silverman on (02) 8065 6491 or by email

Who can you contact at the Department of Health and Ageing if you have any questions or concerns about this study?
You may contact the Project Manager, Fiona Brooke, Director, Rural Outreach Services Section, Primary and Ambulatory Care Division on (02) 6289 9295

Research Ethics Approval
This survey was approved by the the Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (Reference HE11/330). If you have any questions concerning the approval of this research you can contact the University of Wollongong Ethics Officer on (02) 4221 4457.

Assistance in completing the survey
For help with the survey, please contact:

Jesse Silverman
Health Policy Analysis Pty Ltd
Telephone: (02) 8065 6491

Due date and return of completed survey
Surveys should be completed and submitted by: Friday 2 September 2011