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Central Coast GP grants

The Albanese Government is delivering on a key election commitment to strengthen GP practices across the country, including local practices on the Central Coast.

3 May 2023

 

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.

 

After a decade of cuts and neglect from the former government, the Albanese Government is committed to strengthening Medicare and boosting general practice.

 

Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler 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.

 

“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.”

 

 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:

 

*Enhance digital health capability;

 

*Upgrade infection prevention and control arrangements; and

 

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

 

Member for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid said, “Access to health care is one of the top concerns raised when talking to residents on the Central Coast.

 

“These grants will provide a much-needed boost to general practice across Australia.

 

“I am proud to be a part of a government that supports our hardworking GPs.”

 

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 general practices in the Central Coast inviting participation in the Grants Program.

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