Patients in Lake Cathie, Laurieton, North Haven and the Manning will get better access to health care at their local GP – thanks to Australian Government funding that helps general practices in rural and regional communities to expand their facilities and take on more doctors.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie today announced five local medical practices among the successful applicants for the Government’s Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants.
Announcing the Federal funding package at Lake Cathie Medical Centre, Dr Gillespie said the five local medical practices would undertake expansion and refurbishments to improve patient services.
- Ocean Drive Family Practice Refurbishment – North Haven - $28,000
- Mountain View Medical Centre Expansion – Laurieton - $90,000
- Biripi Medical Centre Expansion – Purfleet - $270,000
- The Good Shepherd Medical Centre Extension – Laurieton - $173,950
- Lake Cathie Medical Centre Extension - $300,000
“These grants aim to help general practices in regional communities to expand their 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.
Welcoming the finalisation of the assessment process for the grants, the Federal Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, said they demonstrated the Coalition Government’s commitment to building a strong primary health care workforce to meet the nation’s future health care needs.
“This funding will enhance the training of doctors, GP registrars and medical students, give patients better access to health services in their local community, and provide opportunities for medical students and registrars to experience rural and remote practice,” Minister Nash said.