Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) welcome the Australian Government commitment to distribute $220 million to expand patient access and improve general practice services.
General practices in the Western and Far West NSW region will receive an invitation letter to participate in the GP Grants Program. The funding will be delivered over two years, and will support general practices and eligible Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) to expand patient access and support safe, and accessible, quality primary care. The program forms a part of the delivery of the Australian Government commitment to Strengthen Medicare.
Funding is available to eligible practices in one-off grants of $25,000, $35,000 or $50,000, based on practice size and accreditation status. The funding aims to enhance investments in innovation, training, equipment and minor capital works in one or more of three investment streams, including digital health capability, upgrading infection prevention and control arrangements, and maintaining or achieving accreditation.
WNSW PHN’s CEO, Mr Andrew Coe, said today, “General practice has had it tough over the last years as we have battled through COVID-19, amongst many other challenges facing our region. These grants are a good first step to further supporting general practice, particularly in rural and remote communities where access to other health services can be few and far between.”
WNSW PHN will work with local general practices and ACCHS’s to advise the best grant stream applicable to their practice. The WNSW PHN Practice Development team are dedicated to assisting general practices in the region to achieve long term viability and sustainability and are available to assist with funding applications.
WNSW PHN are committed to improving the health outcomes, health equity and access of Western and Far West NSW communities and welcome this opportunity to support general practices in the region.
General practices in the WNSW PHN region learn more about the program on our Tenders and Grants page.