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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Grant funding for SE general practices

A media release this week says that the Albanese Government is delivering on a key election commitment to strengthen GP practices across the country, including local practices on the South Coast. But is it too little, too late to save yet another local practice from closing their doors?

The release states: The Strengthening Medicare – General Practice (GP) Grants Program will allow all General Practices and eligible Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to expand patient access and improve their services,

The GP Grants will support all general practices and eligible ACCHOs across Australia to make investments in innovation, training, equipment, and minor capital works in one or more of the three investment streams below:

  1. Enhance digital health capability

  2. Upgrade infection prevention and control arrangements

  3. Maintain and/or achieve accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practices (5th edition).

Grants will be provided to local practices depending on accredited GP practice size. Smaller practices are eligible for grants of $25,000 or $35,000, and larger practices are eligible for grants of $50,000. GP practices and ACCHOs not currently accredited against the RACGP standards will be eligible for $25,000.

Over the coming weeks, PHNs and NACCHO will be sending letters directly to general practices in Gilmore inviting participation in the Grants Program.

In making the announcement The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister For Health And Aged Care said:

“After working tirelessly throughout the pandemic, doctors deserve more than thanks, that’s why we’re giving them the resources to invest in their practices.

"We understand the crucial importance of primary health care provided by GPs. This funding will help improve practices and make sure Australians can access safe, quality and affordable healthcare when and where they need it”.

Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, MP added:

“Access to quality affordable health care is at the top of the list of concerns when I talk to locals on the South Coast”

“This will give a much-needed boost to care in our region.”

“I’m proud to be part of a government that recognises the hard work of our GPs and Aboriginal Health organisations.”

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