Health minister Mark Butler has announced the creation of the $220 million 'Strengthening Medicare – General Practice Grants Program'.
The program will allow all general practices and eligible Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to expand patient access and improve their services through investments in innovation, training, equipment, and minor capital works in one or more of the three streams.
The streams are enhancing digital health capability, upgrading infection prevention and control arrangements, and accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practices.
The grants will be provided depending on the accredited GP practice size, with smaller practices eligible for grants of $25,000 or $35,000 and larger practices eligible for grants of $50,000. Practices and ACCHOs not currently accredited against the RACGP standards will be eligible for $25,000.
The grants will be delivered through local Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
“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," said Mr Butler.
“The $220 million investment will give a much-needed boost to general practices across the country.
"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”.