The Australian Government has announced the launch of the $220 million Strengthening Medicare – General Practice (GP) Grants Program, a move welcomed by RWAV. The program aims to expand patient access and improve services for general practices and eligible Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) across Australia.
Under the program, general practices and ACCHOs will receive support for investment in innovation, training, equipment, and minor capital works. The investment will be divided into three streams, including enhancing digital health capability, upgrading infection prevention and control arrangements, and maintaining and achieving accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practices (5th edition).
The grants will be delivered by local Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care stated that the funding is a much-needed boost for general practices nationwide. He added that the investment recognises the tireless efforts of doctors throughout the pandemic and will help improve practices, ensuring that Australians can access safe, quality, and affordable healthcare when and where they need it.