GP grants just what the Doctor ordered
Teaching, training and retaining the next generation of health workers in rural, regional and remote Australia is a priority for our Nats in government.
That's why our Assistant Minister for Rural Health Dr David Gillespie and the Nats' Federal team have prescribed grants that will better respond to the needs of rural communities and support the work of rural general practices.
The changes are all about rural general practices being better funded to teach and train the next generation of health workers for country Australia. Grants will help deliver improved rural health services through additional infrastructure, increased levels of teaching and training, and more opportunities to inform rural communities about healthy living.
It's no secret that getting GPs to the bush can be a tough gig. Rural and regional communities face unique challenges in providing healthcare and attracting and retaining a health workforce. This program will provide more opportunities for medical students to experience rural practice, and for practitioners to develop experience in training and supervising healthcare workers. So not only will the money get more doctors in regional areas, some of it will also go towards making sure the current ones are receiving the best training and facilities possible. As David says:
“Our Government wants Australians, no matter where they live, to have access to quality health services. As well as our health professionals who live and work in rural, regional and remote Australia to have access to teaching and training opportunities so they remain in general practice and in the communities that need them the most.”
Patients in rural areas can also expect to receive improved rural health services via additional infrastructure, such as fit-outs and renovations of existing general practices, and equipment upgrades such as new IT systems. Grants of up to $300,000 will be provided to successful applicants in 2017.
Grant documentation will be available from the Department of Health’s Tenders and Grants page at www.health.gov.au/tenders.