Improved medical facilities and additional doctor training places will soon be available in Woolgoolga as a result of a $190,914 Federal Government grant awarded to the Beach Street Family Practice.
Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker announced the funding today, which was awarded under the Government’s Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants (RRTIG) programme.
“I’m very pleased to announce the grant for the Beach Street Family Practice to not only expand its facilities and the current level of service provided, but also to provide additional medical student training opportunities in Woolgoolga,” said Mr Hartsuyker.
“The funding will allow the practice to add four consulting rooms and two training/education rooms, as well as the creation of additional positions for registrars and the capacity to train five medical students.
“The RRTIG grants help general practices in regional areas like Woolgoolga expand their facilities and provide opportunities for medical students and registrars to experience practice outside of metropolitan areas.
“Dr John Kramer has, over many years, provided opportunities for medical students to participate in the Beach Street practice and it is not unusual for patients to have a medical student sitting in on a consultation and being a part of discussions on their medical concerns.
“The new funding from the Government will allow Dr Kramer to be able to provide additional training places within this already busy practice and I congratulate him on helping Woolgoolga to move forward with these new and improved facilities.
“These grants demonstrate the Government’s commitment to building a strong primary health care workforce to meet future health care needs,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
The Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants programme aims to help general practices in regional communities to expand facilities with additional consulting rooms and space for teaching medical students and supervising GP registrars. Under the initiative the Government provides general practices a maximum of $300,000, with the practice matching this amount.
Elsewhere in the Cowper electorate, the Star Street Medical Centre in Macksville was approved for an RRTIG grant of $100,605 to support the construction of new consulting rooms and amenities for 6 medical students and two registrars.