In what could lead to greater local health outcomes, local GP clinics may soon be able to expand patient access through an over $200M grant program.
The Rural Doctors Association(RDAA) have welcomed the program to assist GP clinics, including the provision to enhance digital health, upgrade infection control and funding to maintain and achieve accreditation.
RDAA President, Dr Megan Belot, said that this support for general practice was most needed across rural Australia.
Dr Belot added further “The support for practices to maintain or achieve accreditation is extremely important. There are a number of other Commonwealth funded incentive and support payments available, but the eligibility criteria foundation is being an accredited practice. Accreditation is important for patients, as the clinics are assessed against a set of standards aimed to ensure quality patient care.”
The grants will scale from 25,000 to $50,000 depending on the size of the practice.