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Why is this important?
- The new program will remove a number of barriers identified as causes of poor take-up of the RRTIG program.
- Grants of up to $300,000 will be provided to successful applicants and applicants will continue to be required to match the Commonwealth funding contribution.
- The program will expand the types of entities that can apply for grants, and broaden the types of health practitioners that can use additional infrastructure provided through grants.
- A requirement for new building work to be physically attached to existing premises will be relaxed.
- The program will include a more streamlined application process to reduce the administrative burden on applicants.
Who will benefit?
- General practice in rural Australia faces 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.
- Patients in rural areas will receive improved rural health services through additional infrastructure, such as fit-outs and renovations of existing general practices, and equipment upgrades such as new IT systems.
- Patients will have access to skilled GPs, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health practitioners and nursing practitioners, with increased levels of teaching and training.
- Rural communities will be made more aware of the benefits of healthy living.
- General practices in rural areas will better attract health professionals and healthcare workers by offering them quality teaching and training.